Teaching Children About Fire Safety

As winter approaches, unfortunately house-fire season is near. So here are some fundamentals of fire safety that every child should learn.

Contacting emergency services

One of the most important thing to teach a child is the number to call in case of an emergency. Teach them how to dial ‘000’ and what they should say when the emergency services answer the phone. They may have seen people call ‘911’ in American TV shows, but don’t worry because that number automatically redirects to ‘000’ in Australia.

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Exiting the house

When in danger, a child’s natural response is to hide. It’s vital that your child understands that they must exit the house as quickly as possible in the event of a fire, by rolling along the floor to minimise smoke inhalation.

The most memorable ways to teach a child to remember these instructions is by using the rhymes, “Don’t hide, go outside!” and “Get down low and go, go, go”.

Show them the fastest routes from their bedroom and living areas, and teach them how to exit through a window if the exits are blocked.

Determine an emergency meeting point

In the event of a house fire, discuss a meeting point with your child so they know where to meet you and you know where to find them if they’re no longer in the house. If it is a safe distance away from your house, the mailbox is usually the perfect place to meet in an emergency.

Never re-enter a burning building

Even if their favourite toy or pets are inside, make sure your children understand that there are no circumstances where they should re-enter a burning building.

Heater safety

You should always supervise children if they are using a portable heater to keep warm during winter, but it is still important to teach them heater safety. Ensure they understand that they must never sit, or place an object closer than one meter away from the heater, nor should they directly covering the opening with clothes or toys.

Have a fire door related enquiry? We’re happy to help. Contact Fire Safe Doors at [email protected] or call (02) 9070 0732, and we’ll work through a plan for your needs. 

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