Fire Safety Awareness Month
Thank you First Alert for sponsoring this post. October is Fire Prevention Month – practice fire safety in numbers to ensure your family’s super prepared too!
October is Fire Prevention Month! First Alert is encouraging everyone to practice “safety in numbers” to ensure you are “super prepared” when it comes to whole home safety.
We purchased our new home this past January, and this was a great reminder for us to create a fire escape plan. It’s also the time to sit down as a family to discuss fire safety, put a fire plan in place, and practice it!
Since our babies are so little, I started with the basics. It was a great time for Trey and I to discuss our plan as well.
I always encourage you to make education, in any capacity, fun for your littles. It allows them to better absorb the information that they are taking in. Luckily, Georgie’s school had firefighters and a firetruck come and talk to the students about it. This was a great way to open up the discussion in our home. We started by taking a stroll by the local fire department.
The First Alert Super Prepared Family Kit had a great coloring book with info for the boys. It also included four combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. The alarms have a 10-year sealed batter which eliminates the need to replace the batteries for the life of the alarm.
KNOW THE STATS
* Unattended cooking is the #1 cause of fires. Mom life can be…distracting. Make sure to set aside time to give cooking your full attention! Also, have fire extinguishers on hand in your home.
* Less than 1/2 of homeowners have an escape plan. Make one! Discuss it as a family, and practice it! Let this be your reminder to talk to your family, and do a walk through today!! (Before your to-do list becomes a mile long and it slips your mind..because again #momlife.)
* 3 out of 5 fire deaths come from homes without smoke alarms. Make sure you have them, they are installed properly, maintained, and replaced when needed.
* Carbon Monoxide is the Number 1 cause of accidental death. Make sure your family is safe by having carbon monoxide alarms installed in your home.
* Over 100 million homes in the US are not protected with smoke alarms.
* Alarms provide early warning in the event of a fire. Fires spread quickly, and there is not a lot of time to escape so every second counts.
* You cannot see, hear or smell CO. It is the #1 cause of accidental deaths in the US. Every year there are 80,000 CO incidents.
* 40% of homes do not have a single CO alarm.
WHERE TO INSTALL ALARMS
SMOKE ALARMS- One on every level AND every bedroom. Don’t forget about basements!
CARBON MONOXIDE ALARMS- One of every level AND every bedroom.
FIRE EXTINGUISHERS- One on every level. Also in the kitchen and the garage.
WHAT TO DO TO PREPARE YOUR FAMILY FOR A FIRE
1. Map out an escape plan, and practice it as a family.
2. Test alarms regularly and replace the batteries. (Most are every 6 months. Upgrade to the First Alert 10-Year Battery Alarm to eliminate this step as often.
3. Remember to replace your alarm every 5-10 years. (Depending on the model.) These don’t last forever!
4. Stress the importance of fire safety to your children!
5. Let them watch the video below.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.