Did you know that Fire Prevention Week is in October? Fire prevention is an important piece of knowledge you want to be sure your kids have, as well as what to do in case of a fire.
Fire Prevention Week started in 1922 to recall the “Great Chicago Fire” of October 8-9, 1871. This fire burned in Chicago for several days, destroying more than 17,400 buildings and killing over 250 people. In 1922, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) decided to commemorate this event by naming the week that contains the October 9th date to be known as Fire Prevention Week. This is a great time each year to go over fire safety and prevention with your kids.
Fire Safety Tips for Kids
- Don’t play with matches and lighters. If you see these things where you can reach them, don’t touch them.
- Don’t cook without adult supervision and wear short sleeves so they don’t get in the way when using the oven or stove top.
- Check your house for smoke detectors. Be sure there is one on every floor. If not ask your parents to install them. These should be checked once a month by your parents and get new batteries every year.
- Be sure your parents have at least one fire extinguisher in your house. (The kitchen is a good place to keep it.)
- Close your bedroom door at night. If there is a fire in your house, the door will help keep you safe.
- If your clothes catch fire, STOP – Drop – and Roll! That means stop moving, don’t run as running makes the fire burn faster. Life on the ground. Cover your eyes and face with your hands and roll around on the ground.
- Have an escape plan for your house in place. It should include two ways out of every room and a meeting place outside. Practice your escape plan each year to be sure you remember what to do.
- In case of fire DON’T HIDE! Even though fires are scary, you shouldn’t hide. If you hide under your bed or in your closest then it will be harder for help to find you.
- Remember help is only a phone call away! Call 9-1-1 in case of an emergency.
For more information and resources check out the National Fire Protection Association website. Also be sure to check your local fire department during the month of October as many of them have open house days for the community to come in and learn about fire prevention and safety.