October is fire prevention month which reminds us to focus on fire safety tips and the importance of creating an escape plan and a family meeting place in the event of a fire.
I feel we can never be reminded enough about how dangerous fires can be and the importance of always taking precaution so that there is not an issue. Young children, especially, do not necessarily know the damage a fire can cause to themselves or loved ones and their home.
As adults, it is largely our responsibility to keep hazardous materials out of childrens’ reach and sight. The less that anyone is even exposed to substances that can cause a fire the better!
Several Fire Prevention Tips Include:
Extinguish any burning candles before going to bed or leaving the house. Keep lit candles away from bedding or other flammable objects.
Keep potholders and towels away from the stovetop while cooking (I personally have had at least one experience with a potholder catching on fire – scary!)
Ensure you have fire extinguishers that are accessible and that you know how to use them.
Install at least one smoke alarm on each level of your home and check them monthly to ensure that they are in working order.
Keep flammable liquids away from ignition sources. Gasoline, paint thinners, and other highly flammable liquids/materials should be stored in UL approved containers and outside the house.
Have your home’s electrical system professionally checked to ensure there are no tripped breakers or overloaded electrical panels.
Create an Escape Plan
Hold a regular family meeting and discuss the importance of being aware of what is dangerous and take safety precautions to prevent a fire. Creating an escape plan in the instance of a fire is important for everyone’s safety.
In your plan, design ways that you can escape from each room in the house and practice them. Make sure windows can all open and are not stuck in the event they need to be opened for escape. Pick random times throughout the year to practice. Blow a whistle, yell at Siri, or push the smoke alarm button to get everyone’s attention.
Pick a meeting spot where the family will gather after everyone is safely out of the home. The meeting place should be a safe distance from your home where firefighters can easily spot you. Decide on a spot that can be easily remembered such as a mailbox or tree in the front yard.
Be smart, take precautions, and ensure an escape plan and meeting spot are in place to ensure everyone is safe. Proper preparation in the event of a fire emergency will go a long way toward accident prevention.
AlpharettaMoms is a proud writer for North Fulton Family Life publications. This article was written for the October 2019 issue. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this article.