I was asleep when there was a pounding on the door waking me up in the middle of the night. There was a firefighter in full gear at the door telling me to evacuate the building. They were checking out a smoky smell from the apartment downstairs. I hurried down a flight of stairs and waited outside in the cold, dark night in my pajamas.

It turned out to be nothing critical, but it was quite scary to be woken up in the middle of the night to a fully-dressed firefighter. They wear large flame-resistant pants, coats and gloves. They have strange looking helmets and an oxygen mask covers their face. They have an air tank on their back and they may be carrying an axe. It was easy to see why children could easily get scared and hide when they see a firefighter.

To avoid this scenario in your home or center, take these simple steps from Fire Facts to make your environment safe.

  • Make an escape plan
  • Practice fire drills with your children
  • Install smoke detectors in each room and check the batteries monthly. Change batteries at least twice a year
  • Have fire extinguishers available in areas where fire is likely to occur, such as your kitchen, garage and basement
  • Make sure everyone knows the sound of the alarm
  • Eliminate fire hazards
  • Be careful when cooking

October 8-14 is Fire Prevention Week, but we should practice fire prevention all year long.

Other Resources:
Kid Fire Safety Guide
American Red Cross


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