Fire Safety

By Vanessa Rasmussen, © 2004, All rights reserved.

Residential fires claim the lives of 4,000 people each year and injure 18,500 more. Every year children start up to 100,000 fires. These fires are responsible for property damage, injury and even death. Make sure your children know what to do to prevent accidental fires and how to react if a fire should occur.

Here are some tips that can help you keep your children safe from fire:

Your kids should learn that playing with any kind of fire is highly dangerous, and that they shouldn't even be allowed to touch matches lighters or any thing that can ignite. They should also learn what to do if a fire occurs. Teach them where to go if they hear a smoke alarm go off, or it they smell smoke. Teach them to NEVER hide in the closet or under the bed or anyplace else. Have an evacuation plan and a back up plan for your family and designate a safe meeting place for everyone to meet.

Copyright 2001, 2004. All rights reserved. Any reproduction of this article in whole or in part without written or verbal permission is strictly prohibited. For information about reprinting this article, contact the copyright owner: Vanessa Rasmussen, Ph.D, Starting a Day Care Center,