Prepare Your Children to Escape a House Fire
Evacuation Plans For The Children
You can’t talk about kids safety in a fire without first covering the basics. Try to have the following in place before setting up evacuation plans for the children.
1) Smoke and fire detectors positioned for fastest notification of a fire.
2) A whole-house fire escape plan.
3) An assessment of the capabilities of each child.
Understand How Much Responsibility Each of Your Children Can Handle
A home fire is terrifying. We all know adults who are useless in a crisis and would need rescuing. We all know a 6-year-old who would escape unassisted and be the first one to the meeting point.
The point here is not to expect any child to do more than their ability allows.
Determine Which Children Can Take the Minimum Required Action
Infants and toddlers cannot evacuate themselves. Some older children may have the same problem.
For the kids safety, you want to give them as much information and responsibility as they can handle. Following are the simple steps you should try to teach your children:
1. Roll out of bed to the floor and stay low. This action is dangerous from a high twin bed or a top bunk. Those children should safely get to the floor any way they can.
2. Crawl to the door. Air quality, visibility and temperature are best at floor level. Stay low.
3. Check the door to see if it is hot. Do not open if it is. Call for help. Repeat at every door along the escape route.
4. Open the door a little and check for smoke. Close if smoke is a problem. Call for help. Repeat at every door along the escape route.
5. Pass through the door. Continue following the escape route.
6. Announce that you are following the escape route. Communication is important.
Kids safety training paid off and the fire is out. It’s time to rebuild. Fire recovery specialists in the Sumner, WA, area are ready to help. When the job is complete, it will be “Like it never even happened."