All parents prioritize their child and his safety above other things. Luckily for some of us, our home is a safe haven for our children and we make sure we look into all the safety aspects of each room. Nevertheless, when it comes to mishaps, fire hazards are known to be the most common. Whether you keep a fire protection blanket handy or opt for smoke detectors, you should know it is more than just this when it comes to fire safety.
Rightly so, if you are protective of your children and hold a desire to eliminate all chances of fire hazards at home, it is best that you have ‘The Talk’ with your child now! Communicating about common issues with children not only helps them understand the no-go areas but also helps them come up with easy solutions later.
We have gathered the most interesting ways to let your child be aware of the fire, its dangers and especially the easy safety tips they can adopt on daily basis.
Here we go!
Common Fire Hazards at Home
Fire hazards are extremely common at home and while you might think you have all the safety aspects covered, guess what? There is always a loophole. Here are some basic home items which can cause a fire breakout:
Candles are the first item related to fire which kids come across because of their birthdays, family celebratory events, etc. If a candle is left lit in an unattended vicinity near your child, it can be a major cause of a fire breakout. Candles, if placed near flammable items can also cause the same amount of damage.
All kids love exploring small little things and today’s children also love helping their mothers in the kitchen. When it comes to kitchen matches, kids are nothing but curious! If your child lights up a match and accidentally throws it on the ground or near flammable items (stove, spray cans), a massive fire outbreak will follow.
- Electrical Cords:
Who doesn’t have electrical cords at home? Electrical cords and extension switchboards have their advantages but if they are faulty or old, they can surely ignite a fire. It is stated that fire breakouts due to electrical cords have burnt down closets, carpets and even houses on the whole.
Lamps play an important role in all kids rooms during the early years but if you look at lamps from a different perspective, they are equally dangerous if proper care is not taken. If your child tosses a piece of clothing or paper over the lamp, it can burn it and eventually lead to a fire buildup. Moreover, a lamp should never be placed near curtains or paper hangings either.
Fire Safety Tips for Children
Believe it or not, it definitely takes a mistake for all kids to learn about the true dangers of something. When it comes to fire, you wouldn’t want them to make a mistake!
Hence, always keep a fire extinguisher at home for emergency situations and do not forget to test fire extinguisher from time to time. Here are some tips you can use to let your children stay safe in case of fire hazards:
Always ask your kids to blow out candles. If you are using scented candles for your room, remember to blow them out before you leave the room. Also, keep all candles out of children’s reach.
- Clothing Irons, Hair Straighteners:
Talk to your child about the heat factors of irons and hair appliances. Ask them to stay away or show them the steam both the appliances can create to shun them.
If you smoke, always keep your lighters with you and never leave them lying around the house. Also, preferably, smoke outside the house in a clean dry area and always make sure your cigarette is out before disposing of it.
Never use matches in front of kids and keep them in a secure place where your kids can’t find them.
- Aerosol Cans:
Always ask your children to throw away the cans after use or place them in a cool dry place, especially away from sources of heat and flammable products.
Be sure to talk to your kids about fire hazards and remember to test fire extinguisher once a month!