“Fire, Fire, Fire in the house! Run for your lives” is a warning many of us hear inevitably due to tiniest errors or when trapped under unfortunate circumstances. Fire is our friend, keeps us warm and is a pivotal element of our meals. However, the moment we abuse it, we land into a pool of trouble. Yes, sometimes fire is beyond our control and most of the time, in such situations we have to escape it. Fire can trigger calamities that usually have traumatic effects. Unlike adults, kids are more prone to this as they don’t know how to react to catastrophic events ignited by fire and usually respond irrationally to their fears. They scream or they hide, both of which tend to have fatal consequences as spreading flames engulf the child, only to draw closer. The moment you take on the responsibility of raising a child, you have signed a contract to protect and nurture him/her in the best possible way. This obviously includes imparting fundamental disaster management training. Kids need to be aware of not only the fire precautionary measures, but survival techniques as well, since fire breakouts aren’t always in our hands. Here are few guidelines to ensure the safety of children in cases of fire breakouts!
Fire Safety Tips For Children
Kids are naive and constantly seek enlightenment. They behave very instinctively and fail to abide by nature’s norms. Moreover, kids are notorious and experimental, which is why it becomes all the more essential to train them for hazardous situations. To ascertain a child’s familiarity with the steps to escaping a fire breakout, stage a fire escape drill. Cover all fire prone zones and round up your kids for a quick fire management training session.
- Even if they just learned how to fry an omelet, never make the mistake of letting them handle the stove alone. If they do not fancy your assistance, make sure you stay around and supervise. Do not let them play with the knobs of a stove.
- Keep matchboxes, cigarette lighters and Zippos out of a child’s reach! Never leave an unlit cigarette in an ashtray when a child is playing around. The hands of a kid move faster than a Ferrari. Even electrical appliances such as heaters and geysers are very dangerous.
- Frying pans are perilous and it is hence mandatory that the handle faces the centre of the stove. This would limit the chances of the pan knocking over and burning the kid.
- Let the kids know where the fire extinguisher is located. Show them how to use it and when! List all contact phone numbers near the phone in case the worst case fire scenario occurs, when you or your spouse aren’t present at home!
- Draft an escape plan and sketch it out on paper. Make it colorful, personal and exciting so that your children glance at it more than once. Draw it with the intention of painting a permanent image in their head, so that they remember the escape route to the emergency exit, god forbid if a fire breakout occurs! It might be a normal door or even a window. Guarantee that your child can manage to crawl out of the window on his/her own, or else make the necessary modifications
- Teach your children the importance and necessity to yell out for help during such situations. Hiding under the bed or the closet is only an invitation for disaster!
- Instruct your children not to waste a minute to take any precious belonging and not to run back for it. Their life is what comes first!
- Decide upon a common meeting place for your entire family after everybody has successfully escaped.
- Cautiously warn them not to run if their clothes catch fire. The best remedy is to roll on the floor until the flames are extinguished. In case they are trapped indoors, educate them to block all smoke openings with wet towels. Also, instruct them to hang a large white blanket outside the window as an indication that they are in trouble and must be rescued immediately.
- Introduce them to the smoke detector, and let them hear the beeping sounds. Ensure they don't remove the battery from the smoke alarm.
Note that children under the age of five are at greater risk of bearing the brunt of fire outbreaks. Do instill in them the above mentioned guidelines and ride your worries away.