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Did you know that October is Fire Safety Month? That is why you will see a lot of Firetrucks visiting schools and preschools. They are helping to spread awareness of fire safety. That’s what I am glad that Energizer® had the goodwill campaign, “Change Your Clock Change Your Battery™”, to remind us to change our Energizer® MAX® batteries in all of our smoke detectors, when we change the clocks for Daylight Savings Time on November 1st.
Here are 5 ways to teach your kids about fire safety:
1). According to the National Fire Protection Association, 71% of non-functioning smoke alarms had missing, disconnected or dead batteries. We all change the smoke alarm batteries in the house (10 total) and we change the CO2 detectors at least once a year, but we check them every month. I let the kids help me with this. We talk about what would happen if there is a fire: where the fire extinguishers are located, an exit plan, where the 2nd story emergency ladder is located and how to use it. We practice dialing 9-1-1 on all of our play phones and old cell phones, and have it written near their beds so they can memorize it at a young age.
2). Visit the Fire Station. We do this once a year, and we always take a tour. The fireman are always welcoming and show us around. We like it so much that we have even had birthday parties at our local Fire Station (and have gone for a ride in the Fire Truck!)
3). Teach the kids the “Stop, drop and roll” phrase. Practice it with your kids. We have noticed that while kids learn this at school, a lot of kids aren’t learning it or practicing it at home, but it is so important. Just like learning letters or numbers, practice makes perfect.
4). Let the kids work on a Fire Safety book like the one below (talk about what they are doing.)
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5). Make a ‘house rule” that the batteries get changed every year, the same time as the clocks. As you know, if you set a rule for the PARENTS, the kids will be sure that you follow it!
Energizer® has partnered with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) for 28 years on the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery program, and now we, as parents, have a the important goal: to change behavior and save lives. They have even donated more than 5 million batteries in coordination with local fire departments to help make sure more families have working smoke alarms.
Share an idea that you use to help your kids learn about fire safety.