Kids, as we all know are the most notorious creatures you’ll ever meet in your lifetime. And they are the ones who can grasp things very quickly. It is, therefore, our responsibility to behave well and make them understand all the good things which are helpful for them.
Taking to them about safety is one of the top priorities. And as a parent, you will always be concerned about their well-being, their health, and their safety. Plus it is up to the parents how to educate kids about fire safety measures and to ensure how they follow them.
One of the unforgiving products or should I say the unforgiving spell of Mother Earth is Fire. It is one thing that can occur without any warnings. The most common cause of the fire is short-circuiting and the first reaction when a fire strikes is P A N I C!
Now, as I said earlier that kids are very good at grasping things; while teaching kids about fire safety the most important thing to remember is not to panic. They might follow the same thing.
Let’s have a look at the top 15 tips that you can teach your kids to keep them safe and prevent any damage during a fire outbreak.
Safety talks with your Kids.
This is the most important thing to do. You need to educate your child about the importance of keeping themselves safe.
Talk to them and explain to them what happens when a fire breaks and what happens during a fire. Also how they must keep themselves safe at any cost.
They should also be aware of the preventive measures and how to be safe around fire.
Avoid playing with Lighters and Matches
Warn them not to play with the lighters or matches. If they don’t listen to you – it’s better to get hurt sometimes.
Kids must not be allowed to use any such things which can break a fire unless they are under supervision. It’s better to avoid accidents.
Double-check extinguished matches.
When you put off a lit match stick, make sure it is properly turned off so that the trash you’ve doesn’t catch fire accidentally. Everyone should follow this rule.
Since this is an easy tip, children can grasp and adopt this easily.
Over Charging – Avoid it!
This should be very easy to follow and still, we don’t do it. Because we are so used to keep our phones on charging and sleeping that we forget it should not be overcharged.
This applies everywhere – all the electronic devices we have should not be overcharged or over plugged.
There is a high chance of it getting hot and getting short-circuited.
Be very cautious of burning candles and joss sticks
Teaching to be careful while burning candles and joss sticks is essential. Leaving the heat exposed and near anything that can help the fire to ignite is hazardous.
Ask your kids to extinguisher the flame or any lit-up item before leaving the room – to be safe.
Fireproofing the house
Make sure that your kid is aware of the dangers when you play with or near a fire. You can install a fire alarm system to be safe, and keep it checked regularly.
It’s better to invest in a small fire extinguisher just like the fire extinguisher ball – since the kids can also use it and it is safe for the kids.
Also, make sure that the wiring inside the house is neatly covered and away from any hazards.
Ask your kids to stay away from fireplaces
Kids are very inquisitive. They want to touch and feel anything and everything. But the touching fire is like making a wish you didn’t want to come true.
It is never safe for kids to play near the fireplaces or stoves. Playing around these places can possibly be a threat to them and is obviously very dangerous.
Better to be ready for any wrong than to regret it. If your kids are learning to cook – make sure they are well aware of the cons of fire and any other flammable objects.
Also, things that catch fire like towels or aprons should be handled with caution when operating near the fire.
These are the precautions we spoke about. Now let’s get to the actual thing here.
Fire Drill for kids
Fire drills are the best way to get things near to perfect when it comes to understanding safety measures. Also, this helps to understand what things must be done in case of a fire outbreak.
As a parent, you need to map out the escape plan and execute it a few times. This can also help you to overcome any scary situation and know what to do at the time of emergency.
Also, make sure that you have planned a designated safe place to meet up if anyone is stuck inside.
Get Low and Move Out
Your children must be aware that the smoke rises in the air and to be able to breathe you have to lay low and try to get out.
Stop, Drop, and Roll
The golden rule!
One of the most important rules that every single person should know is – if your clothes are on fire. The first thing you do is STOP; DROP down and start ROLLING yourself to put off the fire.
Make your kids practice this with you and they also understand this could save lives!
Ask your Kids to Leave Everything Behind
The very first priority when a place is on fire is to get out of the building or your place as soon as possible. Which also means that you’ll need to leave all that is in your possessions behind. And get to safety.
Do not go back!
Tell your Kids Not to Hide
It’s okay to hide when you’re scared, but not a good idea when your place is on fire. If you’re stuck in a place that has fire around – you’re going to die.
Better get out when you still have a chance.
DO NOT USE THE Elevator
No doubt the elevator can get to some speed. But not in case of fire; fire can cause electrical appliances to stop or malfunction. Hence, it is better that your kids know “not to use the elevator” when the place is on fire.
Learn the Emergency Numbers
Fire can create a panic situation – which anyone can go through. But to know whom to connect with is being smart.
Make sure your kids know all the emergency numbers and whom to connect to in an emergency.
The official Fire Department across INDIA is – 101 – it is toll-free.
Any situation which creates havoc in the surrounding is the place where kids often get scared. It’s better to talk to them regarding safety and also do the needful so that they know
HOW to do things in a panicky situation.
That’s all grown-ups. Please take proper precautions and Be Safe.