3 Steps to Avoid Fire and Burn Risks
In addition to following the tips we provided above, we suggest that you take these three additional steps to protect your family from fire and burn risks in your home:
- Install and maintain smoke alarms.
Put the alarms on every level of your home.
Make sure to install at least one alarm in the kitchen and in each bedroom.
Check the alarms at least once a month. If the alarm beeps or chirps, install new batteries immediately.
- Make an escape plan.
Create a plan for your family to get out of the home as quickly as possible if there is a fire.
The plan should include at least two ways to exit the home.
Practice the plan with your children, using a stopwatch.
Make sure your children know to stay low to the ground so they do not inhale smoke.
- Teach your children how to react if they catch on fire.
Many children suffer burns when their clothes catch on fire, and they respond by panicking.
Teach your children to stay calm and “stop, drop and roll.”