Fire Safety Tips for Children
Educate your children on fire hazards, safety precautions and wise choices concerning electricity. According to the USFA (United States Fire Administration), fewer children are victims of house fires today compared to ten years ago because of an increase in public fire prevention education and prevention efforts. The following list includes safety and fire prevention measures, focusing on stay-at-home youngsters.
- Avoid use of the stove unless adult-supervised.
- Use caution when using electrical appliances in the bathroom or around water to avoid electricity and water accidents (hair dryers, curling irons, among other beauty aids that require electricity).
- Do not put connected extension cords under rugs or in reach of toddlers.
- Use covers on electrical outlets in every room to child proof.
- If burning odors are noticed, call 911, alert a trustworthy adult neighbor and call parents.
- Do not overload extension cords; by design, they increase the amount of power that runs from the outlet. It is dangerous to overload them with TV, stereos, game systems, etc. If cord feels warm to the touch, it may be overloaded.
- Quiz children monthly on an escape plan in case of fire.
- Teach them how to stop, drop and roll.
SERVPRO of Bartlett/Cordova feels strongly about educating families on electrical safety to help reduce the risk of fire damage to homes and business. Any information that we can pass along to keep your family safe is paramount. For additional tips on electrical safety visit Memphis Fire Prevention.
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