Dear Parents and Guardians: Today local firefighters visited your child’s school and facilitated a fire safety presentation. Ask your child to teach you what he/she learned about fire safety and review these fire safety tips with your family. You will reinforce the messages presented by the firefighters, and you may also learn valuable information that will help you and your family stay safe in the event of a fire. Fire Safety Tips 1)
Smoke Detectors a) Have a smoke detector on each level of your home, and one in each sleeping room of the house. b) Test your smoke detectors monthly and replace the battery twice a year.
Stay Low and Go if there is smoke in your house a) Teach your children to STAY LOW and GO if there is smoke in your house. If the smoke detector is sounding, get down on the floor and crawl, keeping your head low. Practice this technique with your children. b) If you are in a bedroom, crawl to the door and feel the door with the back of your hand. If the door is not hot, open it slowly and crawl to safety. c)
If the door is hot, do not open it. Crawl to the window and open it just a little.
d) Hang a blanket, sheet or pillow out the window, or throw a toy or stuffed animal out. Stay near the window, breathing the clean air. Firefighters will survey the house and look at all windows for anyone who needs help. 3)
Draw and practice a home escape plan with your family a) An escape map shows at least 2 ways out of each room, in case one exit is blocked by fire or smoke. b) Designate a meeting place outside where your family can meet if there is an emergency. c) Help your child draw a home escape map. d) Practice your home escape plan with your entire family – sound your smoke alarm, practice crawling low to the ground, and meet at your designated emergency location outside your house.
If your clothes catch on fire: STOP DROP & ROLL a) STOP. Running will feed the flames, making them larger. b) DROP to the ground. c)
ROLL continuously back and forth, using your hands to cover your face. Do not stop rolling until the flames are out.
d) Ask your children to show you how to Stop Drop & Roll. 5)
COOL-A-BURN with cool water e) If you have to treat a minor burn, place the burn under cool water for 1520 minutes. Do not use butter, ointments, ice or lotion on a burn.
Matches & Lighters are Tools & Children should NOT play with tools a) Teddy bears and other toys are safe to play with. b) Tools – like matches, lighters, or pliers – are useful for specific jobs, but they can cause harm if they are used incorrectly. c) Keep tools like matches and lighters out of reach of children, and stress the importance of the dangers of playing with matches and lighters.
Practice how to dial 9-1-1 with your family a) If there is an emergency, call 9-1-1 for help. b) Pick up the receiver of the phone before dialing 9-1-1. c) Someone will ask you what the problem is. Give them as much information as you can. If you are calling from a cellular phone, you will need to know your address. d) Don’t hang up the phone until help has arrived. e)
9-1-1 is a tool. Your children should never call 9-1-1 as a game or prank.
Hug a Firefighter - Teach your children that firefighters are their friends a) Firefighters look and sound different with all of their protective clothing on, because they have on large coats, thick helmets, and oxygen masks. b) Tell your children to go to firefighters if they see them in your house. They are there to help. If you or your children see a firefighter in your room, crawl to them and hug them. They will take you to safety.
Review this material with your children so that you and your family know exactly what to do if there is a fire in your home. Thank you for teaching your child to be fire safe!