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Have you ever wondered what you would do if there were a fire in your home? We have. Here are some important prevention and safety tips we have learned.
THE 3 B'S
- Don't touch matches. Stay away from lighters and candles, too.
- Don't touch radiators or heaters. Ask a grown-up to turn a heater on or off for you. Don't stand too close to a fireplace or wood stove, either.
- Don't play with electrical cords. And don't stick anything into an electrical socket.
- Don't play around in the kitchen. If you want to cook something, be sure to check with a grown-up first.
- Don't put anything over a lamp. Things thrown over a lamp (like blankets or clothing) could catch fire.
- Make an escape plan. Work with your family to plan how to get out of your home if there is a fire.
- Plan two ways out of every room. The first way out should be a door.
- Choose a meeting place. Pick a safe and easy-to-remember spot outside your home where you will meet your family after you get out.
- Practice! Every escape path needs to be planned and practiced with grown-ups.
- Test smoke alarms. Help grown-ups remember to test smoke alarms monthly and to put in new batteries twice a year when the clocks change.
If there is a fire:
- Get out fast! When you hear the loud beep of the smoke alarm, get out of the house. Never hide or take time to grab your belongings or pets.
- Follow your escape plan. After all, you've been practicing!
- Feel a door before you open it. If it is hot, there may be fire on the other side. Try to get out another way.
- Stay low to the floor. Since smoke rises, the safest air for breathing is down low.
- Call 9-1-1 or the fire department. Be sure to do this after you get out of the house. Remember: Only call 9-1-1 if there is a real emergency.
- Stay out! Once you're out, stay out. Don't go back for anything!