Eighty percent of all fire deaths occurred by house fires. With about two minutes to escape once a blaze starts, it is important to plan and practice beforehand. The national Fire Prevention association recommends the following:
Make sure there are working smoke alarms on every level of your home and check the batteries frequently.
Develop a fire escape plan identifying two ways out of each room and a family meeting place outside. Practice this plan at least twice a year.
Be mindful that some children do NOT awaken to the sound of a smoke alarm.
If the alarm sounds, go to your closest exit. If there is smoke on the way, turn and use the second way out. Get low and go under the smoke to your exit. Move fast and stay calm. DO NOT STOP to gather belongings.
Remind children not to hide, especially if frightened by “scary “ looking firemen. Visiting a firehouse may help with this fear.
The NFPA recommends making sure your child know safety rules and escape plans at the homes of friends and relatives they may visit.