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Five Important Fire Escape Steps for Kids

7/20/2021 (Permalink)

Girl performing a fire crawl Nothing is more important than kids’ safety.

Five Fire Escape Steps For Kids

A home fire is a devastating event that one wants to go through. If you have small children in your Lakeshire, MO home, it is extremely important that they know how to safely escape the home should a fire occur. Below are five kids safety steps that will help keep your most precious family members safe in the event of a fire.

1. Fire Crawls

Kids should learn two ways to crawl out of the house. The first is getting down on all fours and putting forearms flat on the ground. Keep your nose to the floor like a dog sniffing. If the heat is too strong, keep your legs down, too.

2. Bed Rolls

Heat rises, so it’s important that children roll out of their beds instead of sitting up. Kids should turn or roll until their heads are facing the ground by the side, then put their outside hands down and slide to the floor.

3. Door Checks

Opening a door quickly can cause a flashover, when a fire gets a burst of oxygen. Kids should first feel the door. If it’s warm to the touch, they should slowly open it. If fire or smoke is visible, they should close the door right away.

4. Get Out or Get Help

For kids safety, find a secondary route in the event the main way is blocked. Teach kids how to open and climb out of a window if on the first floor, or to open a window and call for help if on a second floor. Older kids can learn how to use a fire escape ladder.

5. Stay Out

After a child escapes a home fire, they shouldn’t reenter for any reason. Tell them to wait outside and that firefighters will work on rescuing anyone left inside.

Nothing is more important than kids’ safety. Once everyone is out safely, you can start the remediation process.

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