Fire Safety When You Have Kids: How to Keep Babies, Toddlers and Young Children Safe from Home Fires

The importance of fire safety is never more obvious than when you have children. Young kids aren’t capable of understanding the dangers of a fire, let alone safely exiting the premises in case of an emergency. We take you through our tips for fire safety when you have babies, toddlers and/or young children in your home, so you can make sure you’re taking every precaution possible.

Do you know for sure if your smoke alarms are working? While the fact that they may not be seems like a scary thought, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Making sure that you have the proper equipment installed is one of the most important fire safety precautions you can take. tells us why it’s vitally important to install and test smoke alarms within your home:

Three out of five home fire deaths in 2010-2014 occurred in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. And while you can take steps to reduce fire hazards, there’s little that can be done to predict and prevent a random wiring malfunction that could lead to a devastating fire. Smoke alarms serve as a first alert, letting your family know there’s imminent danger and providing a few moments warning for you to enact your fire safety plan.”

While we all want to assume our kitchen appliances are running safely and properly, there’s never a guarantee when it comes to electronics. This is especially true when it comes to electronics involving water, such as what is found in your kitchen. This is why it’s important to keep a watchful eye out for potential problems in your kitchen and throughout your home. expands on why you need to watch your kitchen appliances – just in case:

Having an escape plan is an important step that most families miss. While the assumption is that you’d grab the kids and escape out the front door in the case of an emergency, this may not be possible. While the potential of not being able to do so is a scary thought, it’s better to be prepared and discuss an escape plan with children that are old enough to understand.

The U.S. Fire Administration tells us why it’s important to establish an escape plan that your children understand in, “Keeping kids safe from fire”:

“It is important to have a plan when there are children in your home. Children sometimes need help getting out of the house. They may not know how to escape or what to do unless an adult shows them.

  • Have a plan for young children who cannot get outside by themselves. You will need to wake babies and very young children and help them get out. In your plan, talk about who will help each child get out safely.

  • It is important to find two ways out of every room in your home, in case one exit is blocked or dangerous to use.

  • Choose a meeting place outside your home. Children should know what to do when they hear a smoke alarm and there is no adult around. Help them practice going to the outside meeting place. Teach them to never go back inside a building that is on fire.”

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