Fire Prevention

Kitchen fires account for 30% of all fires in the home — it’s the most frequent type of house fire. Installing a smoke detector reduces your chances oftesting smoke detector dying in a household fire by half. Escape plans can help you and your family leave the house in the event of a fire when time is of the essence and children may be upset.

Many things can cause burns. They’re very painful, disfiguring, and recovery can take a lifetime. We have some simple tips to help you and your children avoid getting burned.

Fire Prevention Tips

  • lock lighters, matches, or other flame-causing devices where children can’t reach them
  • install smoke detectors on every level of the home and in all sleeping areas
  • replace smoke detectors every 10 years
  • test smoke detectors monthly and replace the batteries yearly
  • keep papers, magazine, curtains, and other flammable items away from heaters and fireplaces
  • keep flammable items away from the water heater
  • turn the temperature down on the water heater below 120° or just below the medium setting
  • test the water temperature in the bathtub before putting your child in it
  • don’t smoke in bedwaterheater
  • practice fire drills and teach children to crawl low, under smoke
  • feel doors before opening them; if they feel hot, don’t open them and find another way out
  • remind children not to go back in for a favorite toy or lovey — smoke or fire means “GET OUT!”
  • take a tour of a local fire station so your child can see what a firefighter in full gear looks like
  • call 911 after leaving the house
  • read through the National Fire Protection Association “Sleepover Checklist” before letting your child sleep at someone else’s house

Tips for Kids with Special Needs

If your child has special needs, you may be interested in the following videos:

 Video Series for Families of Children with Special Needs About Safety in the Home – Series Overview
 Burn Prevention for Families with Children with Special Needs  Fire Safety for Families with Children Who Are Immobile – Meet the Gomez Family
 Fire Safety for Families with Children Who Are Visually or Hearing Impaired – Meet the Davis Family  Fire Safety for Families with Children with Cognitive Impairments – Meet the Jones Family