We do fire drills at school. We do them at work. Now let’s do them at home. A home fire happens every 86 seconds, yet half of parents say their kids wouldn’t know what to do if their smoke alarm went off. Home Fire Drill Day is when we’ll change that by turning drills into family games.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. All opinions are 100% mine.
While home fires can happen at any time, they are generally more common during the fall and winter months. As this time of year nears, we want to inspire everyone to be safe and to be prepared in the event of a fire–related emergency in their home. On Saturday, October 15, 2016, Nationwide Make Safe Happen, with members of the Make Safe Happen Advisory Council will launch a new national observance day: Home Fire Drill Day. Families across the country are encouraged to practice their home fire drills, ensuring that American families –especially children – know the escape plan and are prepared in the event of a home fire.
When Stepson was younger, we conducted fire drills at our home twice a year. Now we do them once a year. We have those talking alarms so I love making the fire alarm voice, “Fire. Fire. Fire.” We practice several options. The first option is that we all go outside to the meeting place. The other options include an adult being passed out from smoke and doors being blocked by fire.
We have conversations that include some some grim realities. Stepson knows that if he is trapped in his room and can’t get out, that he needs to open the window and possibly even jump. He knows that he may break a bone/s in the jump, but it’s better than dying in a fire.
We are extremely blessed to live in a wonderful neighborhood with a wonderful fire department. Once a year, they canvas the neighborhood and offer to check and even install fire detectors.
Learn the basics:
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. Learn more 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.
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