Fire Safety Tips for FamiliesAnoka Preschool and Family Place just wrapped up their summer Oh the Places You Will Go class with a field trip to Anoka Police and Fire Departments.
A huge thank you to Police Captain Youngquist, Office Groebner, Fire Chief Thompson, Firefighter Cottroneo, and Firefighter Schrippe. They were amazing with the parents and children. The firefighters explained to the children that firefighters wearing all of their gear weren’t really scary underneath and could be trusted to take them to safety if there was a fire.Home fires can start and spread quickly, and can leave families as little as two minutes to escape once an alarm sounds. Just a little bit of planning can make a big difference for your family.
- Smoke alarms should be on every level of your home and in every sleeping area.
- Replace smoke alarm batteries at least once a year, even if alarms are wired directly into your home’s electrical system.
- Teach children to never play with matches and lighters; place these items up, out of reach, and away from young children.
- Create and practice a home fire escape plan with two ways out of every room.
- If you live in an apartment, know your building’s fire escape exits and use the stairs to get out. If you don’t hear the building’s fire alarm, pull the nearest fire alarm on your way out.
- Children should know how to respond to the sound of a smoke alarm. Teach them to get low and get out when they hear it.
- Practice feeling the door, doorknob and cracks around the door with the back of your hand to see if they are too hot. Help your children practice this step.
- Never leave a hot oven or stovetop unattended and blow out candles before you leave the room or before you go to sleep.
For more information on fire prevention, smoke alarms and practicing a home fire escape plan, contact your local fire department on a non-emergency telephone number.Safe Kids Worldwide. (2013) "Fire Safety Tips." Retrieved from http://www.safekids.org/tip/fire-safety-tips