Every day, at least one child dies from a home fire and every hour approximately 14 children are injured from fires or burns. Ninety percent of all fire-related deaths are due to home fires. They spread rapidly and can leave you with as little as 2 minutes to escape. With such little time, having a working fire alarm is very important.
DID YOU KNOW?
Working smoke alarms reduce the chances of dying in a fire by nearly 50 percent.
Yes, fire alarms are a critical first step for staying safe, but in order to be effective, they have to be working properly.
For the best protection:
• Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, outside every sleeping area and in each bedroom.
• Use Daylight Savings Time as a reminder to check your smoke alarms. Replace conventional batteries at least once a year, even if alarms are wired directly into your home’s electrical system.
• Consider installing a smoke alarm that has a 10-year battery.
• Smoke alarms expire after 10 years. So if your alarm is more than 10 years old, you should install a new one.
• Create and Practice a Fire Escape Plan
• Create and practice a home fire escape plan with two ways out of your house in case of a fire. Get a stopwatch and time how fast your family can escape. The kids will love it.
• As part of your plan, designate one person to get infants and small children out safely. Have a back-up plan for young children just in case the primary person is overcome by smoke.
• Smoke is toxic. Teach children to “get low and go” if there is smoke when they are leaving the home.
• Practice feeling the door, doorknob and cracks around the door with the back of your hand to see if they are too hot. Help your children practice this step.
• Choose a place to meet outside that is a safe distance away from your home.
• See more at: safekids.org
PLAN & PRACTICE