October is fire safety month, and most schools will be talking to our kids about what to do in case of a fire. But how many of us really practice this at home? How many of us have taken a few moments to read the instructions on our fire extinguisher? Would you know how to use it in a fire?
Take some time in the coming weeks and put together an emergency evacuation plan and practice it! Here are some additional tips to keep in mind:
- Having properly installed smoke alarms cut the chances of dying in a reported fire by half. Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside every sleeping area and on every level of the home. Consider purchasing one with an escape light built in as well. Put a note on the calendar to test the smoke alarm on the first of every month.
- Be sure to place specially designed stickers from the fire department on the window of each child’s bedroom which will alert fire fighters that a child could be present in that room.
- Keep fire extinguishers in various places around your home including the kitchen, garage, near the furnace and near any fireplace.
- If you are using a portable space heater, be sure it has built-in safety features, such as automatic shutoffs, anti-tipping devices and heat guards.
- When you have small children in the home, install a baby gate around the fireplace to prevent access.
- Purchase a 2-Story Emergency Fire Escape Ladder and keep it somewhere in or near your bedroom.
- Teach your children never to try and put out a fire themselves but to leave the house immediately and call 911 from a neighbor’s home. Have a fire drill once every few months so that everyone can practice.
You can learn more safety tips and give your kids a chance to ride a fire truck during Safety Saturday at your local Lowe’s store on Saturday, September 25th from 10A – 2P. And, your kids can even build a fire truck for themselves! Visit www.lowesbuildandgrow.com and be one of the first 50 to sign up and reserve your spot. All Build & Grow attendees will receive a free apron and goggles.