Resources for New Moms
Fire Safety for Your Family
Tips for fire safety
- Draw a basic diagram of your home, marking all windows and doors.
- Plan two routes of escape out of each room.
- Consider various fire scenarios when creating your plan and develop actions for a safe escape.
- Make a plan for each member of your family, including babies and toddlers who may be unable to escape on their own.
- Keep exits clear of toys and shoes.
- Keep your child’s bedroom door closed. If a hallway fire occurs, a closed door may keep the smoke from overpowering your baby or toddler, giving firefighters extra time for rescue.
- Children as young as 3 years old can follow a fire escape plan they have practiced often.
Teaching children about the fire safety plan
- Teach toddlers not to hide from firefighters. Their uniforms can be scary in times of crisis. Teach children that firefighters are there to help in an emergency. Take children on a tour of your local fire station so that they can see a firefighter in full gear.
- Teach your children how to crawl under the smoke to reduce smoke inhalation.
- Teach your children how to touch closed doors to see if they are hot before opening.
- Teach them to go to another route if the door is hot.
- Have a safe meeting place outside the home and teach children never to go back inside.
- Practicing fire-safe behaviors and knowing what to do in an emergency can give your family extra seconds to escape.