Kids are extremely vulnerable when it comes to
fire. Their inquisitive nature puts them at risk
of starting a fire and, depending on age, kids
may struggle to get out of a property safely should
a fire occur. The problem is that no matter how
extensively we teach kids to respect fire and
not play with matches, lighters, candles and electrical
items, their investigative nature often gets the
better of them. As a parent you need to be vigilant
with home fire protection and ensure your kids
benefit from maximum residential
fire protection via a number of safety measures.
10 Tips: Fire Protection For Kids
- Make sure your child is aware of the 999 emergency services number.
- Keep matches, lighters and lit candles out of reach at all times.
- Never leave food cooking unattended in the kitchen.
- Make sure your child understands that the smoke alarm signal means a fire has started.
- Devise a fire safety plan and practice the exit strategy 3x per year.
- If your child is old enough then teach him/her the stop, drop and roll technique for extinguishing clothing which has caught fire.
- Teach your child how to crawl low across the floor when a room is filled with smoke.
- Teach your child not to play with electrical appliances or plug sockets.
- Ensure electrical wiring isn’t left trailing across the floor to avoid appliances being pulled over and potentially starting an electrical fire.
Residential Fire Protection
No matter how hard we try to educate kids on fire
safety, there is no amount of planning that
can guarantee they will react in the way we
want them to when a fire happens. The same applies
to adults. Fire causes confusion and panic,
people never know exactly how they will react
when faced with extreme danger, and unfortunately
this is why fire claims so many lives. For this
reason, more and more people are installing
fire sprinkler systems in their homes to guarantee
fire protection for kids. Fire sprinklers provide
automatic residential fire protection and will
activate between one and three minutes of a
fire starting. When you consider that it will
on average take the fire service ten minutes
to arrive from the time they are called, sprinklers
will save you somewhere in the region of 10+
minutes. Where fire is concerned, this is a
huge amount of time, enough time to save trapped
occupants and prevent injury and loss of life.