The sirens ring and the lights flash, attracting the attention of children everywhere as the fire trucks speed past. But what if those trucks were racing to your house? Would everyone in your family know what to do, how to get out, and where to meet?
Most children never have to face the danger of waking up with their house on fire, but every child needs to know what to do in case they find themselves in a smoke filled room. See if your kids can answer the top ten questions about fire safety.
1. If there’s smoke in the air, what do I do?
To escape during a fire, Crawl Low and Go! Hot smoke rises, so there’s better air to breath near the ground below the smoke.
2. Should I wait for my parents to find me in a fire?
Get out as fast as you can. Fires are scary but you should never hide in closets or under beds or from firefighters who may come in to rescue you with a big air mask on.
Don’t Hide – Go Outside!
3. When should we call 911?
If there is a fire, first GET OUT, then call 911 from a phone outside or from a neighbor’s house. Practice giving your name, your address, and how to explain the emergency.
4. If your clothes are on fire, what should you do?
Do not run. Running makes the fire burn faster. STOP, DROP & ROLL until the fire is out!
5. How fast can a fire spread?
In less than 30 seconds a small flame can get completely out of control and turn into a major fire. It only takes minutes for a house to fill with black smoke and become fully engulfed in flames.
6. Should I sleep with my bedroom door open or closed?
Bedroom doors should be closed at night to help slow the spread of smoke if there’s a fire. If there is a fire, feel the door with your hand to see if it is hot before opening it. If it is hot, use your window or other escape route.
7. Would the light from the flames help me find my way out?
No. Fire starts bright, but quickly produces black smoke and complete darkness. If you wake up in a fire, you need to know how to get out with the room totally dark, so practice feeling your way out with your eyes closed.
8. What should I do if I find matches or lighters?
Matches and lighters are tools, not toys. Tell a grown up right away if you see these items.
9. Where is our family’s meeting place?
Choose a meeting place outside, such as a big tree or by the mailbox, so you will know that everyone has gotten out safely.
10. Are our smoke alarms working?
Smoke alarms should be tested once a month and replaced every 10 years.