Steps to Learning Fire Prevention
1. Try to imagine problems that
may arise in common fire hazardous areas in the house or due
to the specific needs of individuals. Then assign family members
to help infants and physically challenged people out of the
2. After you've formulated a
fire-escape plan draw a map of escape routes and post copies
of the map on conspicuous part of the house such as clip it
on the frig or place it next to the phone and also note down
the emergency numbers. Show them to babysitters and houseguests.
3. Always keep fire extinguishers
in your house and teach children to use them when necessary.
4. Sleep with bedroom doors closed.
Even a hollow-core door delays the spread of fire for a short
time. If you must exit the house in the event of a fire, close
doors behind you.
5. Demonstrate to children how
to crawl low to stay under the smoke layer. Use a damp towel
to cover their nose and mouth only if one is immediately available.
Instruct them how to pull their shirt over their nose and
mouth if necessary.
6. Have fire escape ladders available
in all occupied upper-level rooms Remind children that escape
ladders are for safety and not for play.
7. Teach children to stop, drop,
and roll. Immediately after leaving a burning building, anyone
whose clothes are on fire should stop, drop to the ground,
and roll over and over until all flames are extinguished.
8. Make certain children understand
that they can't re-enter the house to retrieve pets or their
favourite items. If pets are inside, notify the fire fighters.
9. Select an outdoor meeting
place where everyone will gather once they have escaped a
fire. When two people have reached this place, one should
leave to call for help and the other should stay to account
for the rest of the family.
10. Arrange a visit to the fire
station so your children can see fire fighters in full gear.
Teach children that fire fighters' job is to save children.