Now that we covered the basics, we want to help your children. Ask your children to walk around the home and point out at least one smoke detector on every floor. Make sure your children understand that the alarms are to protect your home, and are not toys. Help them to familiarize themselves with the sound. Now ask yourself if you have replaced the batteries to make sure, the alarm is working properly.
Familiarize your children with alarms and letting them know the intentions of the alarms can help save your family.
Now continue your own checklist. You have a fireplace. Does your fireplace have screens and proper ventilation? If not, you will need to consider alternatives to increase your home security. Alarms will only protect you if you take the steps to support the alarms.
Check your electrical outlets: Do you have more than two cords plugged into the circuit? If so, you are putting your family at risk. IF the outlets are unused, do you use safety plugs to protect your children? What about sink areas…do you have ground-fault circuit, whereas it will cut off automatically when unused? Did you take care to avoid plugging cords in around the sink area? What about your electrical cords, do they work properly?
Do your children know that matches and lighters our fire hazards? Do they know that matches and lighters are only designed for adults? Finally, are your matches and lighters placed in a safe area out of children’s reach?
Do you own guns? If so, are the guns locked in a container where your children cannot touch them? Are knives carefully placed out of reach from your children, or burglars entering your home?
Do you use space heaters to warm your home in the winter days? If so, did you take care to store them away from objects that could cause fire? (Drapes, bedding, walls, furnisher, etc) Do you unplug your iron when you are not using it?
Doyou burn candles, incense, etc? If so, do you make sure an adult is always present. Do you avoid smoking in bed?
Does your gas range have a cover over it when unused to avoid grease build up? Do you have shutoff valves on your gas range?
NOTE: A woman allowing her 6-month old child roam around the house in his stroller was unaware that the child had turned the knob on her gas oven. Later that evening the woman prepared to cook dinner turned on the gas range, and BAM! She was caught fire, her hair burning; eyebrows scorched, hands burnt, etc, and if another adult had not been in the home to put out the fire…the family would have died! This is a true story, which does not need repeating. Stay safe!
Each month you should check your smoke alarms to make sure they are working properly. In addition, you should also keep the alarms clean. Upgrading your smoke alarms is recommended each decade. You should also check your CO alarms to make sure they are working properly. Again, perform maintenance and cleaning regularly.
Finally, do your children know how to avoid panicky in dangerous situations?
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