A 2011 study shows that less than one third of children between the ages of 5-15 will wake to smoke alarms! In summary, home safety plans should not assume children will wake up to an alarm. This data suggests fire safety training needs more emphasis on the need for children to evacuate the home in the event of an alarm sounding. Have you practiced your home fire drill?† Learn more about this study.† More about a virtual home fire drill: http://virtualfiredrill.esfi.org/
Children between 2-5 years old start 40 fires a day in the US.† Is telling a child "donít touch" matches or lighters enough?† Watch this brief video
The US has the highest death and injury rate by fire than any other country in the industrialized world.† Itís not lack of technology; it's lack of education and our attitude towards fire.† Fires kill more Americans every day than all natural disasters combined.† Many of those deaths occur where people feel safest Ė in their homes.† If you havenít practiced a home fire drill, you simply arenít prepared.†
- Have a home fire escape plan.† Practice the plan with a home fire drill.
- Have working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms
- Have a safe meeting place outside the home - a spot that everyone in the household knows to go to in event of a fire. This lets you know that everyone got out safely. Be sure to call 9-1-1 or tell the firefighters that you escaped and to let them know if anyone is still inside.
- Be aware of home fire hazards; including cooking and candle use.
Home Fire Escape and Fire Drill Resources
- Electrical Safety Resources
- Fire drill teaching resource for Parents and Teachers
- Fire drill basics for Parents
- Does your child like to sleepover at a friendís house?† Hereís a checklist to help you make the decision
- The video discusses safety tips for those considering purchase of an electric vehicle.
- Virtual Home - videos on many different types of electrical safety issues.
Keep your home and family safe this holiday season: www.holidaysafety.org
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