What I learned from Jack Pearson during the house fire:
Fire prevention is a tough topic to handle in your household.
As a fire wife, talking about fires with my kiddos is a more natural occurrence, but it wasn’t always that way. My kiddos used to be deathly scared of fire, and that’s not a good thing when we talk about trying to help our kids learn what to do in case of a fire in your house.
There are 5 easy ways that you can practice fire safety in your home:
- Start by showing them why it’s not ok to play with fire. Lighters, matches, etc. Anything that can start a fire should be introduced as dangerous items and if your children see anything like that to tell an adult. Children under 5 are twice as likely to start a fire in a home.
- Install smoke alarms and test them once a month. It’s safe to change the batteries at least once a year! You also need to make sure that you install the right number of alarms in your house – the American Red Cross can help you by installing them for free.
- Make sure everyone – including your kiddos – know at least two ways to escape from every room in your house in case of fire. Also, designate one meeting spot outside the home for everyone to congregate after they escape. Here’s a printable worksheet from the American Red Cross that can help you map it out! Then, practice “escaping” your house at least twice a year with your kiddos so that they are comfortable with it. Make it fun! Allow them to climb a little bit and explore in places where they wouldn’t normally be able to do it.
- Make sure your kiddos know your address and know how to call 9-1-1. It would also be helpful for them to know their grandma’s phone number or someone other than you as their parent in case of any other emergencies.
- Teach your kiddos how to stop, drop and roll. This is also very fun for your kiddos to learn but make sure they understand the importance too!
What do you do in your home for fire or emergency safety? Are we missing anything from the episode that you noticed? Comment below and let us know!
XOXO Jenna and Elisabeth!