KIDS, you too can make a difference in helping to keep your home fire safe. Remember, learning FIRE SAFETY save lives. Protecting yourself by taking simple precautions will make you and your family safer!
Just follow these easy steps and you will be on your way to become the Fire Marshal for your home.
- In case of fire, get out of your house and stay out. Don’t wait for any reason
- If you can’t get to the children in the house, DON’T GO BACK. Go straight to a neighbor’s and call 9-1-1. Tell them that there are children trapped inside the house and where they are
- If you encounter smoke while you are escaping a fire, use another exit rout. If you must escape through smoke, crawl on your hands and knees, keeping your head low
- In the event that your clothing catches fire, implement the STOP, DROP and ROLL technique to minimize injury
- STOP: You must stop, ceasing any movement which may fan the flames or hamper those attempting to put the fire out
- DROP: You must drop to the ground, lying down if possible, covering their face with their hands to avoid facial injury
- ROLL: You must roll on the ground in an effort to extinguish the fire by depriving it of oxygen. If you are on a rug or one is nearby, you can roll the rug around yourself to further extinguish the flame
- Plan your escape. Every household should have an escape plan. Ask your parents to join you in making a family escape plan. The escape plan should include a meeting place outside where everyone gathers after escaping a fire. Have your parents pick up a meeting place outside your home and make sure you know where it is located. Most importantly, practice your escape plan frequently so you know what to do in the event of an emergency!
- Keep your eye out for fire hazards (lose matches, lit candles, smell of gasoline, etc.) and alert your parents if you see any concerns
- Using your family escape plan, practice with your family what to do if you see or smell smoke, or if the smoke detector sounds.
- Remember not to play around the kitchen stove, fireplace or heaters.
- Remind your parents to test smoke detectors once a month.
- With your parents help, write on your family calendar two times a year to change the batteries in your smoke alarm detectors
- Ask your parents to teach you how to operate a fire extinguisher using the “PASS” method of extinguishing a small fire with a fire extinguisher. Stand 6 to 8 feet away from the fire and follow the four-step “PASS” procedure. If the fire does not begin to go out immediately, leave the area at once.
- Remember the PASS Word:
- P is for pull the pin of the extinguisher;
- A is for aim low;
- S is for squeeze the handle; and
- S is for sweep from side to side
REMEMBER, PLANNING AND PREVENTION ARE THE KEYS TO FIRE SAFETY AND FIRE SAFETY SAVE LIVES!