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Be Fire Smart and Stay Safe

Now is the time of the year to talk with your kids about fire safety.  With many of us stuck in our homes (see the post before this about being snowed in) and having real Christmas trees, this is a talk we all need to have.  Even if you don't have a real tree, your kids definitely need to know what to do if a fire would happen to break out.  I know that everyone thinks it won't happen to them.  However, I am sure that the people who have house fires think that also.

Liberty Mutual has a great website dedicated to being fire smart.  This is a great way to start a conversation with your kids.  There are some great forms on this site that help you develop your fire plan and to just help you start the conversation.  Even though my kids are still pretty little, this is a conversation we started having with Madison last year already.  They even have sections especially for children, parents, and educators.  You are also able to search your local firehouses and learn about them too!

Be safe this holiday season and make sure you check out BeFireSmart just in case.

20 thoughts on “Be Fire Smart and Stay Safe

  1. the number one cause of fires in homes is leaving fans on. not ceiling fans but the ones you plug in. I always make sure i shut mine off before leaving the house

  2. Another thing is that you should really tell your children about the dangerous of the Christmas tree, and tell them that we need to up plug it before we go to bed just to be on the safe side.

  3. Your post reminds me of the daughter of one of our national officials who was killed in a house fire during Christmas four years ago. The daughter had just graduated from college. Faulty wiring of the Christmas light was blamed on the incident.

  4. It's a shame that there are so many people that aren't fire smart at all… especially when it comes to deep frying turkey and turning off Christmas lights when not at home. The usage of common sense that can prevent so many accidents.

  5. Hi Lisa,

    I found you through Tom Volkar's site. Good reminder about fire safety. I've always made sure we had easy exit from the apartment should a fire start, but have been rather lax about making sure we have maintain a working fire extinguisher. Will look into that. Thanks for the reminder!

  6. Your post reminds me of the time my dad got my mom a fold-up fire escape ladder for Christmas.

    She was less than thrilled.

    But we still have it and it gives us all peace of mind.

  7. 😉 Make it a New Year's ritual to:

    Test every fire alarm

    Test every carbon monoxide detector

    Check each extinguisher

    We have done this in my family for years and it is just as natural as setting the clocks ahead or behind now.

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