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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.
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?