This week is Fire Prevention Week. My son, who recently graduated from Fire Fighter I had two Fire House Open Houses this past weekend. Local firefighters came to my daughter’s elementary school to talk about fire safety, show the kids the equipment to expect the firefighters to wear, and gave out pencils and fire extinguisher sharpeners. It’s a good way to get the kids involved and to ask their parents questions to keep the whole family safe.
Some suggestions and important things to remember:
1. Do you have smoke detectors on every floor of your house? And inside every bedroom?
2. For second floor bedrooms, do you have an escape ladder or fire escape for your apartment?
3. Do your smoke detectors work? (A good rule of thumb is to change your batteries twice a year – when you change your clocks for Daylight Saving Time, change your smoke detector batteries.)
4. Before you go to bed, clean and straighten your house. Make sure there is a clear path to your exits.
5. Have a meeting place that is away from your house that even the youngest children can remember and find.
6. My mother always had an emergency bag next to her bed. In it, she kept a flashlight, an emergency phone list, a bottle of water, an extra set of prescription medication, and sometimes a cell phone. I don’t think she ever used it for an emergency, but being prepared is still a good plan to have.
7. Get out of the house, and THEN CALL 9-1-1 from a neighbor’s house or from your cell phone.