Fire Fighters Safety Rules for Kids
Teaching kids about fire safety is a basic necessity for all families. Some of the simplest fire safety tips can be the most important!
There are some things only adults can to do prevent and stop fires, such as installing smoke detectors and using fire extinguishers, but there are many fire-safety rules everyone should learn to help prevent fires and to know what to do if one does start. Here are some safety rules for kids.
Matches and Lighters
Children should not have access to matches or lighters, but if they come across them, they should tell an adult immediately.
If a child notices that an electrical appliance is emitting an odd smell or has frayed wiring, he should ask an adult to unplug it, and it should be fixed before it's used again. Kids also should learn not to overload plugs.
Children should be supervised when they use the stove, and they should know never to leave food unattended and to make sure handles of pots and pans on the stove are turned inward, so they cannot be easily knocked off. They also should be aware that anything made of metal should never be put in a microwave.
The family should work together to plan an escape route in case there is a fire, including finding at least two ways out of every room. Kids should practice this with their parents at least twice a year and learn to test doors with their hands before opening them and to crawl to avoid smoke.
Children should learn to call 911 in case an adult is not able to do so during an emergency.
Stop, Drop and Roll
If your clothing catches fire, running will feed the flames. Kids should practice the proper technique of stopping where they are, dropping to the ground and rolling to smother the flames.
Burns should be treated by an adult--the injured area should be immersed in cold water for 10 to 15 minutes to ease the pain, and butter should never be used, because it can cause further injury. If a child has a serious burn that blisters, she should be taken to her doctor or the emergency room.