There is no time like the present to start thinking about your family’s safety in the horrific event of a home fire.
First things first. Go and test your smoke detectors now. We just did and discovered that while the battery test seems to work, the fire detector itself is not sensitive to smoke! Yikes. As we have no idea when these detectors were installed, Phil went out and bought two new ones to replace them with this afternoon. If you don’t have any smoke detectors, install some on each floor of your house especially in sleeping zones. Make sure you test your alarms once a month, and replace the batteries once a year (a good way to remember to do this is to change them when you change your clocks around for daylight savings).
Because the Kiddley editors are not trained safety officers, we are going to defer to the real experts and send you to some places with fire drill and home safety instructions and we highly encourage you to check them out:
The National Fire Prevention Association (who recommend having a family fire drill twice a year) website has some great resources:
Some key tips for kids when it comes to cooking, safety and fire prevention. Highly recommended reading.
Home escape planning – including basic escape planning, tips for people living in apartments and clearing escape routes.
Download and use the NFPA Home Escape Plan .pdf to help you plan your emergency plan.