Oh how I love October. Did you know that October is also Fire Prevention month? I am the wife of a fireman how could I not make a post about this. My daughter is also now married to a fireman so I guess we should be well prepared for a fire…. The truth…. not nearly as prepared as I should be.
I don’t think you ever can be ready. We have had some family and friends have fires at their homes and have seen how much it can change your life. I was an adult when my mothers house had a fire but my siblings were still young enough to live at home. I remember getting that call and racing toward her house like it happened yesterday. Even knowing that the people were safe it was stressful. I can’t even imagine what my mom felt in the days and months after. For most people your home is one of the biggest investments you make in a lifetime and you literally can do nothing but watch it go up in smoke. Worse yet for most of us all our important memories, pictures and documents are inside that house as well.
Here are 10 things you can do today
- 911- Please teach your kids to call 911 in an emergency. Also they need to know where they live.
- Make your house/home # visible on house, mailbox. If you have a service like a medic alert bracelet it is important to make sure they have the correct address to.
- Clean your lint filter every time you use the dryer
- Smoke Detectors- yes I am sure you know you should have them. When was the last time you tested and checked yours? Go ahead and do it now…. I will wait… Next teach your family what that sound is and what they should do if it goes off
- Make sure you have fire extinguisher in the kitchen. Learn how to use it. PASS –
P: Pull the pin.
A: Aim at the base of the fire.
S: Squeeze the trigger.
S: Sweep side to side.
- Have a plan. Your plan should include knowing how to reach family members, where you will meet once you are out of the house. Make sure that everyone knows how to get out of the house. Best suggestion everyone should know 2 ways out of every room.
- Don’t leave burning candles unattended. Even better flame-less candles.
- Teach get low and go and stop drop and roll. Smoke is bad so get low and go. If you or your clothing is on fire- then stop, drop and roll. Youtube has lots of great videos for younger kids.
- Check your outlets and any extension cords for overcrowding, make sure outlets have covers.
- unplug your electronics whenever possible. Not fire related but just a friendly reminder do not charge or use anything electrical near water.
I must now complete some of these for my home. I have to admit that I love these firefighter personalization options from thirty-one.