Thank you First Alert for sponsoring this post. October is Fire Prevention Month! Help ensure your home and family are ready for the unexpected by installing smoke & CO alarms and having fire extinguishers!
Have you talked about fire safety with your family? Do you have a plan in place in the event that the smoke alarm goes off in the middle of the night? We have never discussed this until recently- it’s scary to think about, but it is SO important!
Did you know that in 1922, the National Fire Protection Association named the second week of October Fire Prevention Week? To raise fire safety awareness this month, we incorporated a fun fire safety lesson into our homeschool planning. We talked about our escape strategy if there was a fire in the middle of the night. You should have two plans as to how to get out of any room and have a meeting spot somewhere outside of the house. We learned to Stop, Drop & Roll, if you ever have your clothes catch on fire, and we practiced staying low to the ground if the house should become filled with smoke.
We also took time to talk about the smoke alarm and the purpose it serves. Did you know that it is recommended to have at least one smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarm on each level and in every bedroom in your home? Our house was built in 1856, and at one point in time there actually WAS a house fire. What used to be a two story victorian, then became a craftsman style home. There is now an alarm in every room of our home. Your smoke & CO alarms should be tested regularly and change the batteries at least twice a year (about every 6 months) Also, alarms don’t last forever and need to be replaced at least every 10-years, I learned that this month! Interesting stat: 3 out of 5 home fires deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms! You can add protection and test your alarms regularly and ensure you do not remove your alarms or remove the batteries without replacing them. Our smoke alarms in our home are allFirst Alert and are available at Lowe’s! Specifically, we are using the First Alert Combination Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm with a 10-Year Sealed Battery.
Another thing we did this month was ensure that we had afire extinguisher on each level of our home, this way, if there ever was a fire, it can quickly be extinguished. Do you have an extinguisher in your home? Up until this house, we never had! The peace of mind it brought me is so amazing and something I never even realized I needed! They should be stored in common areas like the kitchen- some other great places could be the garage or near your grill! The First Alert Home Fire Extinguisher we have is rechargeable and easy to use.
You should of course also make sure you know how to use a fire extinguisher! An easy way to remember how to use a fire extinguisher is with the acronym P.A.S.S
- P – Pull the pin
- A- Aim the nozzle at the base of the fire
- S- Squeeze the trigger
- S- Sweep from side to size
Here’s a fire safety checklist to make sure you and your loved ones are prepared in case of a fire were to occur:
- Install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms on every level and in every bedroom
- Test alarms regularly
- Replace alarm batteries at least every 6 months
- Create an emergency escape plan and practice twice a year
For some fun to go along with your own lessons, I’ve included FREE printable materials! One is a memory game, the other is a game of 3 part cards which is perfect for your preschooler or kindergartener learning letter recognition!