All kids are at risk of using fire unsafely. Every year, fires caused by children playing or starting fires cause hundreds of injuries and millions of dollars in damage.
There are everyday actions we can take to keep the children in our lives safe:
Keep matches and lighters high up and out of reach, preferably in a locked cabinet.
👀 Supervise kids: Keep them at least 3 feet from ovens, grills, space heaters, microwaves — anything that can burn.
Talk with kids about fire safety.
Be a good example: Always use fire sources safely.
Make sure babysitters know how to safely escape your home in the event of a fire.
Help Kids Survive A Fire
Have Smoke Alarms & Escape Ladders
🏡 Install smoke alarms on every level of the home, inside bedrooms, and outside sleeping areas.
Check smoke alarms once a month by pushing the "test" button.
Replace batteries in smoke alarms once a year, and immediately if an alarm chirps.
👂 Teach kids what smoke alarms sound like and what to do if they hear one.
Consider getting and teaching kids how to use escape ladders for sleeping areas on the second or third floor. Store near the windows.