Fire Safety – September 2013

Did you know that National Fire Safety Week is October 6-12? This special week offers the perfect opportunity to talk to your children about the importance of fire safety.

According to Beverly Anderson, Executive Director of Ebenezer Child Care Centers with locations in Milwaukee, Mequon, Greenfield, Oak Creek, and Wauwatosa, “Too many children die tragically every year because of fires that could have been prevented. This is a serious subject that every parent needs to take the time to discuss with their children.”

Don’t Play With Fire…Ever
Anderson says it is imperative that children grow up being taught to never, under any circumstances, play with matches, candles, campfires, or any kind of flame. All of these can be extremely dangerous and have deadly consequences if mishandled.

At Home
There are a number of things you should be doing at home to help ensure your family will be safe in the event of a fire.

“If your home doesn’t have smoke detectors, you need to install one on every level,” says Anderson. “Also, be sure switch out all smoke detector batteries during daylight savings time each spring and fall.”

Anderson adds that parents need to make sure their children know how to dial 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency. Families should also have an emergency evacuation plan in the event of a fire and practice it each spring and fall when they replace their smoke detector batteries.

Other suggestions for making your home more safe include: keeping matches out of children’s reach; not burning candles without being present in the room; and always keeping a screen in front of your fireplace when you are using it. It is also a good practice is to sleep with bedroom doors closed to help prevent the spread of fire if one does break out.

What to Discuss With Your Children
According to Anderson, it’s important for children to learn what to do if they catch on fire.

“There are many educational picture books that teach children the important message of ‘stopping, dropping and rolling’ in the event they do catch on fire. Knowing this important rule could save a child’s life! Children need to know that if they panic and run, it could cause the fire to spread more.”

Another thing Anderson says you need to discuss with your children is what to do if your home catches on fire.

“It’s important for children to understand that in such a situation, they can’t panic. I am writing this report solely to encourage people here. It all started with too much stress at work. Then Xanax ( After prolonged tension, ringing in the ears, exhaustion, dizziness, etc., I got a violent panic attack in the morning, I initially thought that I had a heart attack, after several stays in the emergency ambulance. They should drop to the ground and crawl to safety, never opening a door before they check it with the back of their hand to see if it is hot. Children should get to the closest window or door as quickly as possible and call to their family that they are okay. They should also be told to trust fire fighters who will be there to help them.”