Keeping your children safe during a fire - Dighton
Nobody ever expects a disaster to happen, but we're here to help whenever you need us! At SERVPRO of the Attleboro's, we have the tools and crews to help clean and restore your home after a fire happens. Many home fires are started by children getting ahold of and playing with dangerous items such as lighters and matches.
Preventing your child from starting fires1 :
According to the American Red Cross, the US fire administration estimates that 300 people are killed each year as the result of a child playing with fire.
- Keep matches and lighters along with other ignitable substances out of reach of children.
- If you have candles, consider to switching to flame less candles that have a light bulb instead of a flame.
- it is a risk that a child will bump into and knock over the candle, causing a fire.
Installing smoke alarms on every level of your home is crucial for your child's safety, as well as your own.
- Check each alarm every month to be sure they are working properly.
- Replace batteries in each alarm once a year.
- If there is a chirping sound coming from any alarm, this means you need to replace the batteries.
Teach children what the alarms sound like, and what to do when they hear one.
- "Get out, stay out"
- Teach your child that if the house is on fire, get out as quickly as possible, and DO NOT go back inside. Only firefighters should enter or re-enter a burning building.
- "STOP, DROP, ROLL"
- Teach your child this method in case their clothing was on fire,
Be sure that every member of the household knows 2 ways to escape from each room in the house.
- If any doors are closed during a fire, the handles will be warm from the fire, or smoke may be blocking you from exiting.
- This is why it's important to have 2 ways out of each room.
There should also be a fire escape plan for your family. You should practice this twice a year.
Make sure everyone knows when and how to dial 9-1-1.
- If there is a fire, children should exit the house before calling 9-1-1
- Children should only call 9-1-1 if an adult is not able to.
Here at SERVPRO of the Attleboro's, we want you and your family to always stay safe, in the event of an emergency, give us a call at (508) 223-3399 or visit our website for more information on fire/ smoke clean up and restoration.