Family fire drill

Family fire drill planning

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.

5 Responses to “Family fire drill”

  1. Anastasia

    an excellent post!!
    Last month the firemen and firetruck paid a visit to my son’s preschool and handed out lots of information with cute illustrations.
    we have a home escape plan made up – very important!

  2. Alison

    If your child is in preschool or day care, suggest to the manager that they get the fire department in to talk to the children – they’ve just done this at Max’s day care, and spent about a month playing firement, talking about and themeing their days with it. And firemen all dressed up are mighty impressive to a 3 year old! Also, our local fire station has children’s days where they can talk to the firemen, climb on the truck, and the firemen have great little bags of information in child friendly format for the children to take home.
    It pays off – Max knows what number to call in an emergency, how to behave if there’s fire, and doesn’t feel threatened by firemen.

  3. Shiela

    We went to the firehouse for a preschool field trip. The fire fighters put on their gear and crawled on the floor…it was good for the children to see them crawling around because it is what the children would see if they woke up in the middle of the night and a fire fighter was in their room. It was scary for the kids…all that gear and the noise of the oxygen…but now they have seen it and may not be so scared if it should happen for real.

  4. Eren

    Thanks for all of the fire safety info. and reminders and like Alison’s son, my 4 year olds have been so inspired by the local fire fighters, they have been dressing up like them for about 3 months now. Everytime I fry tortillas on the stove and it gets a little steamy, the smoke alarm goes off and we have to have a fire drill and we all go outside. I guess it is good practice!

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