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Home Fire Safety

When Lindsay was young, her father took fire safety seriously. When he was a child, his house burnt down, luckily, his family was okay. He never wanted his children to experience the trauma of not being prepared in an emergency. Lindsay realized her family was doing fire drills a lot differently than her friends at school, because they would do them in the middle of the night. Her dad told them that fires usually happened late at night or in the wee hours of the morning, not when you're awake and prepared. So he would wake them up, right out of a deep sleep, and go over the drills to ensure they knew what to do and how to exit the home safely. We know that this is an extreme way of teaching fire safety, so we wanted to share some tips about how to prepare your child for an emergency such as a house fire.


Ensuring home fire safety is crucial for protecting your family, especially children who may not always be aware of potential dangers. Here are five essential tips to help keep kids safe in case of a fire.

  1. Practice Fire Drills: Regularly conduct fire drills at home to familiarize children with the sound of the smoke alarm and the quickest escape routes. Make it a fun and educational activity to ensure they know what to do in an emergency.

  2. Teach Stop, Drop, and Roll: In case a child's clothing catches fire, teach them the stop, drop, and roll technique. This simple yet effective method can help extinguish the flames and prevent further injury.

  3. Keep Matches and Lighters Out of Reach: Store matches and lighters in a secure location out of children's reach. Explain to them the dangers of playing with fire and the importance of seeking an adult if they find these items.

  4. Check Smoke Alarms Regularly: Ensure your home is equipped with working smoke alarms on every level, including inside bedrooms. Test the alarms monthly and replace batteries at least once a year to guarantee they function correctly.

  5. Create a Family Emergency Plan: Develop a family emergency plan that includes a designated meeting spot outside the home. Discuss with your children what to do if a fire occurs, emphasizing the importance of staying low to avoid smoke inhalation.

By implementing these fire safety tips and involving children in fire prevention practices, you can better prepare your family for potential emergencies and promote a safe environment at home.

Our mission is No Child Lost to a preventable medical emergency.

As always, prevention is key!

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