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When it comes to fire safety, I first think back to the incidents that scared me growing up. The toaster oven having grease splattering inside, from lemon pepper chicken. The flames shooting out of the top. Butter spilling in the stovetop burners (before we had glass top), once again, flames shooting out all over. The scares of plugging in something to the wall outlet and sparks flying. Fire, terrifies me. I feel I could survive flooding, hurricanes, and a lot more before I could survive a fire.
The truth of the matter is, the best thing we can do, and remind ourselves yearly during Fire Prevention Month, is to prepare for the worst! I’m sure most parents grew up learning about STOP! DROP! and ROLL! This is by far the first thing most children learn when hearing about fire safety. If your child is like mine, pretending they are a firefighter is on the top of the imagination list.
There are a few simple things that can insure your family is best prepared for any incidents that could occur. When I see another house on the news, burning down and families trapped inside, all I can think about is fire safety. Each year, nearly 3,000 Americans die from home fires. Tragically, many fatalities could have been prevented if there had been proper placement of working smoke alarms and even an emergency escape plan in place.
Toddlers are very keen to learning new things so you can make a game out of having them point out where all the alarms are, asking them to locate the fire extinguishers, and practicing the escape plan. Many toddlers will want to know how their pets are going to be safe, include the pets in your escape plan. Remember, most pets in a fire if not barking or scratching to get out, will hide under a bed or somewhere they feel safe when scared.
Create a Fire Safety Check List:
Create an escape plan and practice it every 6-12 months with all family members. Make sure you have a meeting place for all members. New research from First Alert confirms that only 27% of families have a meeting spot in their fire escape plans. This gives you the fastest head count in case emergency crews need to search for someone.
Test all alarms and CO monitors. Alarms do not last forever, both smokes alarms, and the newer carbon monoxide alarms last for 10-years. If you need to replace your alarms, may I suggest 10-year sealed battery alarms. They offer you a tamper-proof, hassle-free protection while also eliminated a need to replace batteries for the life of the alarms. The savings is up front! First Alert Alarms offer a great selection or products that are easy to use and install.
Consider your homes specific needs when it comes to properly equipping with alarms. Including a combination of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms are available and will meet the specific needs of your family and local legislation requirements.
Make sure to have a fire extinguisher inside the kitchen but also another away from the kitchen in case you can not access that one during a fire.
Have an annual check up on appliances that often cause fires, such as your furnace and dryer vents being cleaned. A tip that keeps my mind at ease is to never leave the dryer running when you leave your home and never go to bed with it running. Many furnace and air companies offer a maintenance plan yearly that keeps the cost down and makes sure your unit is working properly and is safe.
I highly encourage you to check out the range of alarms that First Alert offers. The SA3210 gives you overall protection for the home, with it having both types of smoke sensors. It is recommended by NFPA (National Fire Protection Association). Every bedroom should have an alarm and the P1010 is ideal for those rooms. A PRC710 will provide both the smoke and CO safety your home requires. The easiest alarm with no install can go on table tops or any room is the CO710 (think laundry room and kitchen!).
Create Your Escape Plan:
Bars on windows and difficult locks may make you feel safe from outsiders but it also can be the moments between life and death in a home fire. Consider how you want to protect your home and a home alarm is even more efficient than barriers that can hinder escaping.
Identify two ways out of each room. This can include doors and windows.
If you live in a two story home, make sure you have a drop down 2-story escape ladder for windows in a place that every member can locate easily. If stairs become engulfed, you still need to be able to get out the windows.
Remember, there is no such thing as being over prepared when it comes to fire safety. Don’t let the nightly news be your reminder to update your fire alarms to protect your family. Be the #SuperPreparedFamily and you will be able to get through anything together!
Author: Nichole Arnold
I’m the owner of Mommy Needs a Bottle . I’m a 30- something wine enthusiast that resides in Tampa, FL. I love family traditions, traveling, cooking, baking, reading, fashion, tattoos, beauty products, and being a Mommy! I have a background in marketing, public relations, copywriting, and sales.