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Here’s how to prevent — and be ready for — fires in your home.
Be prepared for small fires by having fire extinguishers placed around your house:
Always keep fire extinguishers out of reach of children.
Fire extinguishers are best used when a fire is contained in a small area, like a wastebasket, and when the fire department has already been called.
Using the word PASS makes it easier to operate an extinguisher:
The best time to learn how to use a fire extinguisher is now, before you ever need it. Fire extinguishers have gauges on them that show you when they need to be replaced. Check them regularly to make sure they’re still working correctly. If you have any questions, the local fire department can help.
If you’re ever in doubt about whether to use an extinguisher on a fire, don’t try it. Instead, leave the house immediately and call the fire department.
Unfortunately, many kids will try to hide from a fire, often in a closet, under a bed, or in a corner. By teaching them basic fire safety facts, they’ll be better able to protect themselves.
Teach your kids that:
Kids should learn to:
Kids have fire drills at school and adults have them at work. Fires are frightening and can cause panic. By rehearsing different situations, your family will be better prepared in the event of a fire at home.
Be sure to plan escape routes, especially in case a fire were to happen at night.
Make sure that the windows in every room are easy to open and are not painted over or nailed shut. This may be your only way out in a fire. If you live in an apartment building, make sure any safety bars on windows are removable in an emergency.
If your house is more than one story tall or if you live above the ground floor of an apartment building, it’s important to have an escape ladder.
The escape ladder:
Burns are a potential hazard in every home. In fact, burns – especially scalds from hot water and liquids – are some of the most common childhood accidents. Here’s how to protect kids from burns.
Take the time now to review fire safety facts and tips to prevent fires in your home.
It’s scary to think about a fire happening at your house. But you can fight the fear – and prepare yourself – by learning the right way to handle a fire emergency. Find out more.
Before your family celebrates a holiday, make sure everyone knows about fireworks safety.
Fireworks are cool to watch, but it’s best to let the professionals set them off. Find out more in this article for kids.
Fireworks safety starts with the manufacturer, but it ends with you! Read these tips on handling fireworks safely and have a blast on the Fourth!
Use these checklists to make a safety check of your home, including your nursery, child’s room, adult’s bedroom. You should answer “yes” to all of these questions.
Burns, especially scalds from hot water and liquids, are some of the most common childhood accidents. Minor burns often can be safely treated at home, but more serious burns require medical care.
One of your most important tasks as a parent is finding a qualified babysitter. Here are some essential tips on choosing and instructing a babysitter.
Use these checklists to make a safety check of your home, including your heating and cooling elements, smoke detectors, and electrical systems. You should answer “yes” to all of these questions.
Scald burns from hot water and other liquids are the most common type of burn young kids get. Here’s what to do if your child is burned.
You can be a big help when someone is hurt or in danger. How? By dialing 911. Find out more in this article for kids.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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