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Our Family Fire Plan Checklist

We are happy to partner with First Alert on this post. All opinions are our own. 
I grew up in living in in the mountains 60 miles east of Los Angeles here in Southern California. Living in the mountains I grew up with fires, some of the fires near Lake Arrowhead and Big Bear got so bad we would evacuate off the mountain. I knew the tremendous impact of fires and remember many nights sitting watching the fires just over the next mountain. We take fire safety serious here in California so it’s really important to me to make sure our children are also prepared.

It’s fire safety month and it’s time to take fires seriously. It’s important for families to be sure they’re prepared. To start to created this simple family fire plan checklist to get your family started. family fire plan checklist

 

We wanted to be sure that our smoke alarms were up to date so we started first by talking to our kids about the alarms and showing them the sounds. It’s important they know how to army crawl and understand to get low to the floor.

They also need to know where the exits are and how to use a ladder since our bedrooms are on the third floor. We also want to know of a meeting spot in case we should ever be seperated and just even teaching our girls to call 911 if they ever see a fire. We want our children to be armed with the information they need to possibly save their life. It’s something I had growing up and something every family really should be going over.

Especially as we head into winter. A week before Christmas when I was 12 years old one night our dryer caught on fire. Turns out our venting had come undone and there was a build up of laundry fluff and it caught on fire. The smoke actually started to come through my heater vent in my bedroom because the heater had just turned on. I was prepared, as soon as I smelled smoke I called 911 then told my parents. They were able to put the fire out with animal damage to our laundry room but we learned many valuable lessons that night. Fires can happen suddenly and by accident. Knowing what to do in an emergency is incredibly important. 

First Alert is encouraging everyone to unleash their own super powers with the “Super Prepared Family” to help spread awareness about home fire safety.

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How are you talking to your children about fire safety? 

 

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115 Comments

  1. Christian Alejandro on October 30, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    We’ve taught them not to play with lighters, candles, or anything flame related. We’ve also discussed getting out of rooms and house if a fire breaks out.



  2. Jerry Marquardt on October 30, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    Safety is so important to my whole family and the children.



  3. Alex W. on October 30, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    By making sure they know where to exit and meet at if they get lost.



  4. Buddy Garrett on October 30, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    We talked to our daughter about what to do in case of a fire. We talked about escaping the house and how to call the fire department.



  5. Kris mihalov on October 30, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    We actually talked about it during a field trip to the fire station



  6. Jake B on October 30, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    I’ve talked to my nieces about fire safety, in 93 my house burnt down.



  7. Philip Lawrence on October 30, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    I do not have any children to talk about fire planning but I have certainly prepared myself.



  8. Trisha Musgrave on October 30, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    I have talked to my kids about fire safety. I just need to come up with a fire safety plan, so everybody knows what to do and where to go!



  9. Sand on October 30, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    They are too little right now but they have been to a fire station to take pictures with the fire truck.



  10. Breanne on October 30, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    I don’t have any children.



  11. Trisha McKee on October 30, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    We explain that sometimes disasters happen and we need to be prepared. We go over exit plans. who to call once safely out, where to go, etc.



  12. DanV on October 30, 2017 at 6:42 pm

    We are talking to our children about fire safety with family file alarm practice days



  13. amanda whitley on October 30, 2017 at 6:19 pm

    they have a fire truck every year at our fall festival set up with a fire demonstration which we stop by with the kids and discuss fire saftey there.



  14. Rosey on October 30, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    We have a plan of where to go in case a fire breaks out. We need to do more though, for sure.



  15. Lia Langeveld on October 30, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    I make sure everyone knows how to call 911.



  16. Peggy Rydzewski on October 30, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    We have a family meeting talking about escape routes.



  17. Candie L on October 30, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    We have discussed where they are to escape in an emergency. Thank you



  18. Meme on October 30, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    We have gone to fire safety events at our local fire department and have made our escape plan



  19. John H. on October 30, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    We have talked about it and we have a fire escape plan.



  20. AEKZ2 on October 30, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    Yes, I have talked to my children about fire safety



  21. Jennifer H. on October 30, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    We have discussed it and we have smoke detectors.



  22. Jessica Padilla on October 30, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    We are showing fire safety videos to our 3 year old son. He seems to understand. we have also done some scenarios he thinks its funny but as long as he learns its a win for us.



  23. Sarah Mayer on October 30, 2017 at 1:17 pm

    My kids are grown adults, I’ve talked to them about fire safety.



  24. Joni Chadwell on October 30, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    I actually run a county home for disabled adults and we have fire drills 4 times and year and we post an evacuation map on the quickest way out to safety and where to all meet once we are outdoors.



  25. Judy Gregory on October 30, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    The most important thing is escape routes.



  26. Jana Walls on October 30, 2017 at 12:04 pm

    Just went over all this with my elderly parents. And then with my adult children.



  27. Amy Deeter on October 30, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    I let them know about a safety plan on what to do in case of a fire by how to get out and by where to meet outside



  28. Janice Crespo on October 30, 2017 at 11:55 am

    My grandson knows that if the smoke alarm goes off, we gather the kittens in their carrier and we meet outside by the big tree. He has also been practicing his stop, drop and roll!



  29. Janine Hwang on October 30, 2017 at 11:34 am

    I have talked to my kids a little bit and have taken them to safety fairs



  30. Candace on October 30, 2017 at 8:41 am

    We have talked about where to go if there is a fire and what to do.



  31. jeremy mclaughlin on October 30, 2017 at 8:33 am

    We have discussed an escape route.



  32. Ed on October 30, 2017 at 8:17 am

    We have discussed the dangers of fire and have an escape plan.



  33. Laura M on October 30, 2017 at 7:00 am

    We have an escape plan and we discuss the stop, drop, and roll!



  34. JoAnn F on October 30, 2017 at 4:56 am

    We teach the children that we check smoke alarms regularly and also safety in the kitchen to prevent burns.



  35. Kathy Pease on October 30, 2017 at 3:11 am

    My kids are all grown and are out on their own but I do always tell them to test their smoke alarm batteries to make sure it is working and to change the batteries every 6 months or sooner



  36. JASON JENNINGS, Sr. on October 29, 2017 at 11:25 pm

    we plan from time to time



  37. Patricia Wojnar Crwoley on October 29, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    We have a family meeting about once per year to practice our safety plans



  38. Wendy McBride on October 29, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    We discussed escape route and how not to try to gather things or use phones during fires. Kids are grown now and have granddaughters to teach next. I currently have no items such as the ones given away and need them.



  39. Erin M on October 29, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    I’ve warned against matches, lighters, the stove, etc and about getting out of the house and calling 911.



  40. Kathy Hanley on October 29, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    We always talk about fire safety because we have a fireplace, lit candles, a fire pit and a hot stove and oven. We have a fire safety plan and a meeting place because my daughter learned about this in school.



  41. Carolyn Daley on October 29, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    I have not taught my nephew fire safety, but I bet his parents have already talked to him about escape plans in an emergency.



  42. Richard Hicks on October 29, 2017 at 3:07 pm

    Yes we have talked to them about what to do. We also make sure they understand what to do



  43. Stephanie Liske on October 29, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    I teach them that if there is a fire, they get out.



  44. christopher h on October 29, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    we’ve discussed both an escape route and a meeting place



  45. Miz Vickik on October 29, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    We talk about prevention and escape plans.



  46. Cheryl VanBrunt on October 29, 2017 at 10:35 am

    It helps to use visual aids/stories to help them understand because they are younger.



  47. Hesper Fry on October 29, 2017 at 9:44 am

    I talk to my kids on how important smoke detectors are and our plan for escape in the event a fire happens.



  48. PATTY NIEDERT on October 29, 2017 at 9:35 am

    I have not talked to my granddaughter yet about a fire plan, but thanks to ideas on this page, I’ll have content to discuss when she comes over soon. We need to practice an escape plan for sure.



  49. Megan C on October 29, 2017 at 7:00 am

    We talk all the time about our plan. My family knows the best ways to get out of the house and where we are to meet once out.



  50. sylvia on October 29, 2017 at 5:54 am

    we’ve talked about fire alarms, smoke, heat, where to meet, how to get out and I’ve taken them to the fire department open house so they can see the fire trucks and learn as well.



  51. Jessica Whitehouse on October 28, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    We have an exit strategy and have tried to teach the kids not to play with matches or lighters.



  52. Anne Higgins on October 28, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    We had a neighbors who’s home burned and have reminded them of the importance of safety – we continue to practice all our emergency routines to be prepared as best we can.



  53. Jan D on October 28, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    We watch kid oriented videos online and I print or purchase kid friendly (and fun) literature



  54. barbg on October 28, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    We had the talk many times now.



  55. Julie Hawkins on October 28, 2017 at 11:16 am

    We have talked about what to do in an emergency.



  56. Louis Davila on October 28, 2017 at 8:23 am

    I have taught them how to stop drop and roll.



  57. Jen R on October 27, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    No, I do not think I have talked enough to my kids about fire safety.. I need to do better with this information.



  58. Jane McGregor on October 27, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    I don’t have kids!



  59. Lisa V. on October 27, 2017 at 5:56 pm

    We talk, watch videos and practice.



  60. susan smoaks on October 27, 2017 at 2:34 pm

    we have a plan and we talk about it and practice it regularly. fire protection is key.



  61. Sarah Mathias on October 27, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    We practice how to get out of the house.



  62. Dan D on October 27, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    We talked about meeting place, but from reading some of these other comments I think we need to do more.



  63. Em Mahr on October 27, 2017 at 11:32 am

    We discuss our safety plan at least once a year and conduct a practice fire drill



  64. carol clark on October 26, 2017 at 4:54 pm

    we run escape help fire drills



  65. Lori Walker on October 26, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    We make sure they know not to joke about fire.



    • Lrod on October 27, 2017 at 5:00 am

      Always run drills



  66. Abigail Gibson on October 25, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    I live alone and am cautious about leaving the oven on and keeping fresh batteries in the smoke alarm.



  67. Erica B. on October 25, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    We have visited the fire station.



  68. Robert Young on October 24, 2017 at 6:14 am

    They are all grown up but I could still use this myself



  69. Tom Bellamy on October 23, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    Escape plans and the danger of matches and lighters.



  70. clynsg on October 23, 2017 at 7:16 am

    My children are grown, so the fire safety in this house is pretty well set in their heads–call 911, know exits, fire extinguishers, meet outside, etc.



  71. Julie Waldron on October 20, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    We talk about safety and how fires can start.



  72. Leela on October 20, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    Yes, we have.



  73. Tim on October 20, 2017 at 9:14 am

    I have always been fore conscious, even before I had kids. Fire extinguishers and detectors have always been routine for me, and I have instilled that into my kids.



  74. latanya on October 20, 2017 at 8:52 am

    We have our escape planned out and have practiced it.



  75. Angela Williams on October 20, 2017 at 6:33 am

    In case of a fire in our home, we discussed the best solutions during that situation.



  76. Lauren on October 19, 2017 at 4:20 pm

    We just had a pretty big fire near us, so we had a good talk about fire safety.



  77. BusyWorkingMama on October 18, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    My daughter knows where to meet if we have an emergency.



  78. Ann Fantom on October 17, 2017 at 6:53 am

    We created a fire escape plan with multiple exits and a meeting pointing away from the house with my daughter’s help



  79. wendi on October 16, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    yes we do and we tell them break whatever it is you need to to get out! stop drop roll go go go and meet across the street at the neightbors house so we can connect



  80. rickel bart on October 15, 2017 at 6:48 pm

    we have a rally point and multiple exits



  81. Calen Treat on October 15, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    I don’t have any kids yet, but my family knows to go out the windows.



  82. Julie Bickham on October 15, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    My kids are a little older so we just know to leave the house at the first sign of smoke. I’m lucky that all they have to do is step outside their windows.



  83. Mita on October 14, 2017 at 1:01 pm

    We have a mock fire drills



  84. Darlene Carbajal on October 14, 2017 at 11:29 am

    I have no kids, but thanks!



  85. Rachel on October 13, 2017 at 7:20 pm

    We do fire drills and have a book that we read at times before bed that talks about fire safety.



  86. Elle on October 12, 2017 at 10:50 pm

    We go over escape routes and what to do in case.



  87. Darcy Koch on October 12, 2017 at 8:59 pm

    My kids are fortunate enough to take a yearly visit to the local fire station where they meet the fireman, get to check out the fire engines, and are taught about fire safety.



  88. Laurajj on October 12, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    It was fire safety week at school this week here. We visited the fire department last night and have been working on a fire drill plan. We have been practicing all week. So important the kids know…to get out and go to our meeting place.



  89. Cindy Peterson on October 12, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    No children at home but we have talked about a safety plan together.



  90. Will G on October 12, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    I have taught them how to stop drop and roll.



  91. Steve Weber on October 12, 2017 at 11:19 am

    I do not have kids, but we practice safety at home when my nieces and nephews come to visit.



  92. Chris L on October 12, 2017 at 9:45 am

    We have talked to the kids about how t put out the different kinds of fires & how to get out of the house different ways if paths are blocked by fire.



  93. Jessica Williams on October 12, 2017 at 9:01 am

    This is a topic that is VERY important! My brother accidentally set our kitchen on fire when we were kids and luckily no one was hurt. Looking back on that incident makes me wish that our parents informed us on safety procedures! Now that I am a mom I am determined to give my son the information that I lacked growing up. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!



  94. Marty C on October 12, 2017 at 8:04 am

    My kids are so young that all we’ve talked about is ‘matches/candles/oven/etc are for grownups’ and ‘if there’s a fire, yell and get out’



  95. Stacie Humphrey on October 12, 2017 at 7:19 am

    We have talked about fire safety and what to do if there is ever a fire but it has been a while. We could all use a refresher course.



  96. Ashley C on October 12, 2017 at 4:17 am

    We haven’t talked about fire safety, but that is definitely something we need to do!



  97. Kimberly O on October 12, 2017 at 1:26 am

    We not only talk to our kids about fire safety but fire prevention. Thanks.



  98. Kelly D on October 11, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    We set up a meeting place in case of a fire, and talked about the various ways to exit safely.



  99. Dolores Q. on October 11, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    We do fire drills and talk about safety



  100. beth shepherd on October 11, 2017 at 11:09 am

    We have mock fire drills and also talk about the meeting place outside. Thank you



  101. kathy Persons on October 11, 2017 at 10:32 am

    We have a mock firedrill~



  102. MaryAnne JK on October 11, 2017 at 9:18 am

    I took my son and his friends to the local fire department who were holding a testing area where the kids can go into a smoking trailer and learn how to stop, drop and roll….it was fun and they learned something memorable too.



  103. nickie on October 11, 2017 at 9:15 am

    we do fire drils and talk about fire safety



  104. Christina Sparks on October 11, 2017 at 6:45 am

    Talking to them fire safety, and to flee from the fire if they see one.



  105. Sandy Klocinski on October 11, 2017 at 6:35 am

    The most important lesson for young children to learn in the kitchen is that the stove is hot, and they should keep away from it when it’s in use. When my daughter got older and ready to begin cooking for herseflf, I instructed her further on individual appliance safety and extinguishing cooking fires.



  106. Sheila K. on October 11, 2017 at 6:29 am

    Everyone knows the multiple ways to get out of the house and where to meet once they’re out.



  107. Cynthia C on October 11, 2017 at 6:10 am

    We had talks about safety procedures and had a meeting place in case of an emergency.



  108. Michelle Hill on October 11, 2017 at 4:12 am

    We always made sure the kids knew two ways to exit the home in case of a fire and not ever to re-enter the home once they were out.



  109. M. L. on October 11, 2017 at 12:51 am

    This has been a topic of discussion and news about the fires in California has been a natural way to bring this into the conversation.



  110. Stephanie Phelps on October 10, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    We do fire drills and have a plan to where to meet in case of a fire!



  111. Jaque Richards on October 10, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    We make sure they are aware of escape routes and procedures if they are caught in a burning building….it helps that their dad is a fire fighter. 🙂 Thank you.



  112. Donna L on October 10, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    When my daughter was young, we had a safety plan where we designated a tree , down the block, across the street as our meeting place in case of emergency.



  113. Wendy R. on October 10, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    We’ve always talked about escape routes and what to do when you get out… but that getting out is #1.



  114. harolde on October 10, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    We are talking about escape plans for the house, and we are doing fire drills