SERVPRO of Wilson County : Fire Safety with Your Kids
It’s in the nature of a young child to be curious about fire. With this in mind, it’s best for parents of young children to learn the best way to satisfy their child’s curiosity while also instilling good fire safety practices. Use their curious nature to start a conversation about fire safety, and be sure to cover the following points.
Young Children and Fire Risks
According to the USFA children below the age of five have a much higher risk of dying in a home fire especially when compared to kids in other age groups. The reason for this is obvious: young kids aren’t capable of exiting a home in the event of a fire or understanding the dangers posed by fire.
Introducing Fire Safety to your Kids
Generally, kids aren’t really sure how to react to fires and may even hide from them instead of fleeing to safety. But if you are able to teach them about some basic fire safety facts and tell them in a fun way the exact steps to take or things to do to be safe, they will be able to protect themselves, even when you are not around.
Teach your Kids About Fire Safety
Regardless of how busy you are or how tight your schedule is, you have to make out time to teach your kids about fire safety. The most important thing to tell your kids about what to do when they encounter a fire is for them not to ever hide under their bed, in their closet or anywhere at all when there is a fire. Instruct your kids to find a safe way to leave the house when there is a fire so they don’t get trapped and to call the authorities once they get to safety.
Make a Family Fire Plan
Instead of bombarding your kids with the intricate details about fires, start small and talk about basic fire. Make sure to talk about the subject often so that it will become second nature to them. Once they’re ready to move forward, start small with making a fire plan that can be used as an exit strategy to help your family get out of the house as safely and quickly as possible. Make sure to review and practice your fire plan both during the day and at night to ensure it’s easy to follow in an emergency.
Coping After a Home Fire
Home fires can have serious emotional and physical consequences and the aftermath can take a while for young kids to overcome. The best way to protect your kids is by preventing home fires in the first place. If you’re unable to prevent a home fire, then make sure to call SERVPRO Wilson County at (615) 449-5000 to help quickly restore your property to its pre-fire condition following a fire.