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Prevention and Preparedness of House Fires

Hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes, floods, and fires are just a few common natural disasters.  However, fires can come in many forms that can affect anyone at anytime.  There are house fires, forest fires, and car fires that could all easily hurt or kill us if we were not prepared.  Many of us, especially children, need to learn how to prevent fires.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website, year 2009 in the United States, “someone died in a fire every 175 minutes, and someone was injured every 31 minutes”.  These numbers are terrifying.  Because of the frequency of tragedies caused by fires, it is important for adults and children to take a look at the prevention and preparation of fires.

When it comes to preventing the different types of fires, many precautions need to be established.  A common place for the entire family to be during a fire is in the home.  Fires could be started in a variety of ways.  The kitchen is full of appliances that could ignite a fire.  There is the oven, the stove, the microwave, the toaster, and then there are children.  Although adults are perfectly capable of causing an accidental fire in the kitchen, children are the ones who are not as aware of fire prevention.  Therefore, a main point in fire prevention is to teach kids the basics.   It is important for them to be aware of all of the appliances in the kitchen and what they are capable of.    For example, many children may not know what is or isn’t allowed in a microwave.  Be sure to take the time to explain to children about a kitchen.  If everyone in the home is aware of the possible dangers in a kitchen, then that is a great way to begin fire prevention.

There are more rooms than the kitchen where families can prevent fires.  Bathrooms, bedrooms, living rooms, or anywhere with an outlet could start a fire.  It is important to teach children what outlets are, not to leave appliances plugged in if they are unattended, and to make sure to watch all candles.  Simple products such as a hair flat iron or a candle left unattended could quickly turn into a house fire.
Preparation is the next tip that families can benefit from regarding a house fire.  First of all, all homes should have some very important fire fighting products.  These include fire alarms, house fire sprinkler system, fire extinguisher (one or more), emergency kit, and more.  All of these products can be used to stop a small flame from becoming a huge house fire.

Focusing on how to prepare children, there are some great fire safety tips for kids:

If the above key points are understood, then we are successfully preparing children for an emergency and they are more likely to escape a dangerous situation.

It is important to understand that children need to be just as educated as adults when it comes to fire prevention and preparedness.  If possible, it would be a great idea to enroll children in emergency management training.    Knowledge is power, and in the case of an emergency, it could be the power to save themselves and others.