This is part of a sponsored collaboration with the PreK12 Plaza.
However, all opinions expressed are my own.
Call me a helicopter mom because I am always on the look out for danger both inside our home and outside in the world. Safety is a top priority for me. Fire Safety is at the top of my list all year round but it really came full swing when we had a recent scare in our home.
It was 6:30 in the morning when I woke up to smoke in our home. Within seconds the fire alarm was going off. I jumped up, grabbed the baby and started to run. My toddler who is an early riser was either already up or the alarm woke her. I opened her door and she immediately said “Mommy fire. Down. Get out!” I grabbed her too and we headed downstairs. There was smoke in the house but no fire that I could see. I yelled out for my husband and he came running to the door in a daze. Then it hit him and he ran to the kitchen. You see he fell asleep on the sofa with a pot on the stove after coming in from work. I was so scared but thankfully the house wasn’t actually on fire. The alarm went off before the smoke affected us as well.
In all of this, I was proud of my two year old for remember what we taught her about fire and fire safety. She is still so young so of course she doesn’t know all the details but she understands to do some basic things immediately. Do your kids know what to do in the event of a fire?
The summer season brings more outdoor activities that involve fire such as barbecues, fireworks and camp fires. We keep the kids away from all of those things but that doesn’t mean we don’t make them aware nor does it mean the potential for fires inside the home goes away.
So how do you keep your family safe and prepared if there is a fire?
Memorize and sing the Fire Safety song with your children to ensure a #SafeSummer both outdoors and indoors.
Teach your children all about Fire Safety with this tips:
Fire Safety Part 1
- Have a fire escape plan
- Place working smoke alarms on every floor and change batteries every six months
- Designate a person and a backup to secure young children
Fire Safety Part 2
- Practice stay low and go
- Learn to check for hot door handles
I learned more tips about Fire Safety and you can too by reading and downloading the Fire Safety for Families guide from PreK12 Plaza.
How have you taught fire safety to your children? Share your tips with us.
TanayJuly 10, 2015 at 11:48 AM
That song is too cute! My son loves music so even though he’s only 8 months old I may sing this to him. It’ll be in his memory early!!
M JJuly 13, 2015 at 8:09 PM
Thanks Tanay. Yes let him here it and soon he will be singing it and then following the instructions.
Vashti (veepeejay.com)July 10, 2015 at 3:16 PM
I’m so glad everything worked out. Zoe is such a smart girl and she’s getting so big! Teaching kids fire safety is so important and you’re obviously doing a great job!
M JJuly 13, 2015 at 8:09 PM
Thanks Vee. I was very proud of her. She truly has an excellent memory.
StacieJuly 10, 2015 at 6:33 PM
Fire safety is so important to teach our children. Thanks for sharing this download sis!
M JJuly 13, 2015 at 8:08 PM
No problem Stacie. It is very important for our children to know what to do in case of emergencies.
KitaJuly 11, 2015 at 1:39 AM
She did great in remembering. I need to do a trial run with my kids again I did one a while ago and my son and his crazy butt didn’t have on no shirt and he got fake burnt up because he wanted to grab a particular shirt.
M JJuly 13, 2015 at 8:07 PM
Oh my! Yes do a review and tell him to run! A special shirt is not important.
HollyJuly 11, 2015 at 8:22 AM
Glad all was well in your house. I’m sure that happens to many all around, fall asleep while cooking. Your daughter is adorable and it’s great that she had a good idea of what’s going on and what to do.
M JJuly 13, 2015 at 8:07 PM
Thanks Holly. Yes I am so glad we are all safe. I was very scared and we have reviewed our escape plan a few times since then.
Patrice M FosterJuly 12, 2015 at 11:55 AM
This is very important for every household to implement and drills should taken place. Safety tips for family is awesome very important for all the family member know how to use and change the battery. Practice Practice is the key.
M JJuly 13, 2015 at 8:06 PM
THank you Patrice. I definitely agree with you. Practice is important.
AdannaJuly 12, 2015 at 10:27 PM
You’re such an awesome mom! I’ll admit that this isnt something I’ve spoken to my kids about but I’ll have to make it a priority. Safety first and thanks for the tips.
M JJuly 13, 2015 at 8:05 PM
Thanks Adanna. It is super important to make sure your kids know what to do in the event of a fire. The PreK12 Plaza site has excellent resources. Check it out.
Mayra RodríguezJuly 13, 2015 at 10:33 AM
Melissa: You’re right! It is so important to teach our kids what to do in the event of a fire…..what to do, where to go, what to avoid. And yes, we have to have a fire escape plan. Thank you for reminding me. My sons already cook, under my supervision and they need to know how to prevent a fire and how to handle it. Thanks for the tips!
M JJuly 13, 2015 at 8:04 PM
Thanks Mayra, I miss having a fire escape. They are not mandatory for private houses here but if I could I would have one installed.
KaraJuly 15, 2015 at 11:09 AM
I’ve had that same thing happen with a pot of water fully evaporating but even worst, I was wide awake. It’s never too early to practice safety measures, my little Mariah Carey, I mean Khloe will love this song!
M JJuly 15, 2015 at 2:20 PM
I’m glad everything worked out Kara. It is definitely scary. LOl at your little Mariah Carey. I hope your Khloe enjoys the song. Zoe loves it.
Elden GatleyMarch 22, 2016 at 12:34 PM
I agree that you should place smoke alarms on every floor. Otherwise, you’ll end up keeping only some floors safe. As a result, there could be injuries and even fatalities.
Jerry JamesJanuary 16, 2017 at 4:38 AM
I can understand how not having smoke alarms would make you worried. I feel like smoke alarms are just a beginning to fire safety. Thanks for the different tips on how to stop a fire. I’ll make sure to review these with my family as part of our fire safety plan.
RyanFebruary 8, 2017 at 9:17 AM
Great post! I think its great to start going over fire safety with kids even when they’re young so they can get more familiar with fire safety and know how they should handle any fire situation. Thanks for sharing!
BE in Fire and Safety IndoreMay 9, 2017 at 5:31 AM
Thanks for sharing!!
Sam RuisiJune 10, 2017 at 5:26 AM
I know how it feels because I have a kid, when I go out from house I only think about her safety. I am greatfull that you suggest this.
Lola-Mae ValenzuelaFebruary 6, 2018 at 2:08 AM
Tips you gave are really very useful and I am surely gonna follow them and also like to shop ahead.
Thanks for sharing such a valuable post and Keep Posting!
M JFebruary 11, 2018 at 1:47 PM
Thank you Lola-Mae. I appreciate it.
Andrew PowellApril 27, 2018 at 1:09 PM
Hey M J,
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Jonathan SagerMay 27, 2019 at 1:35 PM
Really, It is most important to know about fire safety. Fire is very dangerous. Your information is essential and helpful. I like such a post. I will follow your tips. Thanks for sharing the excellent blog.
MySafetyNetSeptember 3, 2019 at 3:32 AM
Hi, thanks for sharing tips about the fire because children do not even care about any things so we have to taught them about safety tips but I like the way you explain it for kids really great article.
Samantha WarkJanuary 27, 2022 at 2:32 AM
Hello MJ, I enjoyed reading your post. I must agree that our kids should know even just the basics so when such events happen, they will know what to do. Thanks for the tips!