No one enjoys thinking about the possibility of a fire taking place in their home. But the truth is that a fire could start in your home at any time, and if you have children living with you, they need to know what to do if a fire takes place. It’s why it’s extremely important for you to speak with your children about fires and to talk about what to do if they hear a smoke alarm go off. Here are some of the things you should tell your kids about smoke alarms and home fires as a whole.
A smoke alarm isn’t always the sign of a fire.
There are a lot of kids who hear a smoke alarm and automatically panic because they think a fire is taking place. You should explain to your children that there are a number of things that can cause a smoke alarm to go off. Aerosol cans, candles, and the smoke created from cooking can all lead to a smoke alarm going off. Kids should be aware of the things that can cause smoke alarms to spring into action.
A smoke alarm should always be taken seriously.
More often than not, a smoke alarm going off will actually be false alarm. It will go off as a result of one of the things we just mentioned. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean kids shouldn’t take them seriously. Your kids should know what to do when they hear a smoke alarm. You should talk to them about the stop, drop, and roll method of dealing with fires, and you should also show them the escape routes for your home and set up a meeting place for your family. It will help them stay calm if a real fire ever starts.
A smoke alarm is going to be loud and get their attention.
Many kids, especially young kids, don’t like extremely loud noises. But smoke alarms are, by design, very loud. So you should test out your alarm from time to time just so that your kids know what to expect from them. The last thing you want is for your child to start crying and screaming when a smoke alarm goes off because of the loud noise. You want them to maintain their cool and be able to deal with the alarm going off.
In the event of a fire, a smoke alarm can help your kids get out of your house safely. So talk to them about the smoke alarms in your home and make sure they are comfortable responding to them. Life Safety Consultants can give you more tips for talking to your kids about smoke alarms and provide you with smoke alarms for your home if you need them. Call us at 888-557-0558 to get more information about our smoke alarm selection.