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Child Safety

Teach Children About Smoke Detectors

Make sure a smoke alarm is inside or near every bedroom. Test each smoke alarm every month. Push the test button until you hear a loud noise. Put new batteries in your smoke alarms at least once per year.

Have a Home Fire Drill

Practice fire drills to make sure everyone can wake up to the sound of the smoke alarm. Children will need help escaping a fire, so plan ahead for this. Assign an adult to help each child awaken and respond quickly.

Teach Children to Dial 911

If there is a fire, go to your meeting place outside. Call the fire department from there. Make sure children know how to dial 911 and what their street address is. Remember, once you are safely outside a burning building, stay out! If your children are old enough to stay home alone, make sure they are prepared and they know the family's fire escape plan and who to dial in case of emergency.

Make sure Everyone Can Open Locks on Doors and Windows

Children as young as three years old can begin to understand important fire safety lessons. Instruct children how to feel around doorframes with the back of their hand for heat. Remind them that if the door feels cool, it means it's safe to open it slowly.

Get Low and Go

Crawling and crouching low under smoke is important to remember because smoke rises. Practice crawling with children, reminding them that the air near the floor is safer because there's less smoke.


Matches and Lighters

A leading cause of home fires is children playing with matches or lighters.
Always keep matches and lighters away from children. Store them up high or in a locked cabinet. Ask your children where the matches and lighters are located; you would be surprised to learn what they know. Children should tell a grown-up if they find matches and lighters so that adults can put them in a safe place. Teach your children that matches and lighters are not toys and should only be used by adults; that fire can hurt them and destroy things. Make sure your child is supervised at all times.