Expect your children to be learning about fire prevention and fire safety a lot this week, as the second week in October is Fire Prevention Week. Many schools host assemblies and teachers offer homework assignments built around familiarizing and reminding families of how to stay safe in the home. One of the highlights of Fire Prevention week is interacting with real life fire men.
Fire Safety Tips from the National Fire Protection Association
This year, FPW.org (Fire Prevention Week) is focusing on the theme “Have Two Ways Out.” It’s never too early to teach your children safe ways to escape a burning home. The idea of having two ways is that if one door or set of stairs is blocked from escape, everyone will need to know a second way to leave the home.
Plan your fire escape
- Walk through your home and plan two ways out of every room. One way out will be the door, and the second way out may be a window.
- Inspect to be sure you have working smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside each bedroom and outside each sleeping area. For the best protection, interconnect the smoke alarms so when one sounds, they all sound.
- Make sure everyone knows the sound of the smoke alarm.
- Choose an outside meeting place a safe distance from your home where everyone will meet.
- Make plans for anyone who has a disability or needs help escaping.
Practice your home fire escape drill
- Have a home fire escape plan and have an escape drill twice a year.
- Hold escape drills during the day and at night.
- If children or others don’t wake when the smoke alarm sounds, assign someone to wake them up.
When the smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside!
- Leave immediately and go right to your outside meeting place.
- Don’t go back inside for any reason.
- Once you’re safely outside, call the fire department from your cell phone or a neighbor’s phone.
- Tell firefighters if any people or pets are trapped in the home.
Sparky’s Wish List™: How It Works
Through a registry called Sparky’s Wish List: Partnering for Fire-Safe Communities, community members can provide critical educational resources and materials. These materials are used by firefighters to educate children in fire safety and prevention during classroom visits, teach older adults in the community, provide lifesaving information to people with disabilities or reach out to residents during a fire station open house-especially during the annual Fire Prevention Week (October 7 to 13, 2012). Fire departments put the wish list together by creating a profile and clicking boxes to indicate the materials they need. Donors can purchase those materials by searching for their department’s registry. The materials will be sent directly to the fire department.
*Note: The registry is named for Sparky the Fire Dog, NFPA’s official mascot and spokesdog. He visits schools and participates in community events to spread fire safety messages, often accompanied by his firefighter friends.
This post was guest-written by the National Fire Protection Association.
© 2012, Julie Meyers Pron. All rights reserved.