This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. All opinions are 100% mine.
Many children practice fire drills at school, but many don’t do the same at home. As parents it’s our job to make sure our children are prepared for a fire whether they are at school or at home. This month Nationwide Make Safe Happen initiative wants you to know that Keeping Your Family Safe With Home Fire Drill Day is important.
Keeping Your Family Safe With Home Fire Drill Day
This is why they have decided to share with all of you the importance of fire drills at home. They have taken the initiate to put all the important information for you. All you have to do is share with your family these important safety tips below.
Although, fires can really happen at any given time, fall and winter are the most known for fire accidents. Being prepared is crucial for your families safety.
Step 1. Know where to go.
- Pick a safety spot that’s near your home and a safe distance away
- Explain to your kids that when the smoke alarm beeps, they need to get out of the house quickly and meet at that safety spot.
Step 2. Check your smoke alarms.
- Test your smoke alarms with your kids so they know the sound.
- Make sure there’s a smoke alarm on every level of your home, and one in each bedroom.
- More information here
Step 3. Do the drill.
- Have kids head to their bedrooms and wait for the drill to begin. Got kids under 6? Assign adults to help anyone who’ll need it.
- Put one adult in charge of sounding the smoke alarm and running the drill.
- Next, sound the smoke alarm, start the timer and have everyone book it to the safety spot.
- Once everyone gets to the safety spot, stop the timer. If you all made it in under two minutes,you each get an imaginary gold medal. If not, give it another try.
- In a real fire, get to the safety spot, then call 911 and keep everyone close until firefighters arrive.
NOTE: If you have younger kids making it into a game will make it more fun for them and will capture their attention easier. Let them pretend they are one of their favorite super heroes and they need to get outside as quickly and safely as possible!
Now that you have the basics of doing a fire drill in your home, make sure to take the online pledge to do your own Home Fire Drill Day and download the Make Safe Happen app for help at the palm of your hands!
It really doesn’t take much time to go over these important steps with our own families. We just want them to be safe and have the knowledge they need to get away from a fire as quickly and safely as possible.
Click on the images below to print them out and use during your home fire drill!
Click on the photo below to see the entire list and to print for your home.
Lets make it our goal this month to make sure that our children are not only safe in school, but at home as well. Join me on October 15th for Home Fire Drill Day, by making sure that our families are safe and by having a plan of action if a fire were to occur.
For more safety information make sure to visit Nationwide Make Safe Happen!
Will you be ready with all of us for Fire Drill Day?