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How to Protect Your Family When a Fire Strikes

child-climbing-down-rope-ladderIt is very important to teach your family what to do in the event of a fire. The old stop, drop, and roll is something every parent should teach their children. Make sure to also teach your children to cover their face with their hands when they are rolling to help prevent facial burns.

When the fire alarm goes off, tell your children to check their bedroom door with the back of their hand for heat. If they were to get burned touching the door, the burn would be on the back of their hand, not the front, so they can still use their hand to escape. Stay low to the ground, since smoke rises. Tell your child never to hide (under the bed, in the closet, etc.). Firefighters can’t find you if you are hidden. Stay close to windows or doors as those are the entry points for firefighters.

Bedrooms should always be equipped with rope ladders easily accessible for children. Make sure the windows can open easily for your child. If they can’t open them, they can’t escape.

If your child has a younger sibling, teach your child that if their sibling is ever on fire, they should tackle them and help them roll to extinguish a fire. Better yet, grab a throw blanket if it’s in reach to help smother the flames. A young child is more likely to panic and not know what to do.

A family should always have a safe meeting place outside the house where everyone can be accounted for.

Remember, burns last a lifetime, taking these small steps could help minimize physical damage to your greatest asset, your child.

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