One of my biggest fears when deciding whether or not to purchase a two-story home was having my children so far away from me in the event of a house fire. While I’ve never experienced a house fire, or even seen a house fire in person, I know that the results can be devastating.
Did you know that a fatal house fire occurs every three hours in America?
Because June is Home Safety Month, I wanted to share some tips from Kidde on how to protect your family from a fire. While you might not be able to prevent the fire, with early detection and a plan in place, you can protect your loved ones.
This is a partnered post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
How to Protect Your Family from a Fire
- Install smoke alarms and replace them every 10 years. When you use Kidde Worry-Free 10-year Battery Alarm, you’ll never have to change the batteries. Make sure to test each alarm each month to ensure it is working correctly and choose the right alarm for the right location in every room and one each level of your house.
- Keep fire extinguishers within reach on each level of your home. Install close to exits, and in the kitchen and garage. Include all locations where you think a fire may ignite. Check the gauge of each fire extinguisher monthly to be ensure it is pressurized. Replace all fire extinguishers that are over 12 years old or after use.
- Create an escape plan and practice regularly, both during daytime hours and nighttime hours. Make sure that each family member knows two ways out of each and every room. For upstairs rooms, have an escape ladder within reach of a window in each room. Practice opening the ladder with your children and teach them proper use. Create a printable escape plan, laminate it and place in your child’s room so that it can be an easy reference in case of emergency.
I can’t stress how important it is to practice the escape route with your children. Once isn’t enough. Practice frequently so they don’t forget. If there actually is a fire, your kids will panic. You want them to know that escape route so that there is no question in their little minds about what they are supposed to do.
In honor of Home Safety Month, Kidde has created a brief online quiz to test your fire and carbon monoxide (CO) safety knowledge. I highly encourage you to take the quiz to see how knowledgeable you are on fire safety. This is a 10 question quiz, nine questions about fire safety and one question asking where you heard about the quiz. On the last question, please put Simply Being Mommy. The blogger that has the most engagement with the quiz will be able to make a donation of 150 Kidde Worry-Free smoke alarms to the fire department of their choice.
By following just a few simple safety steps, families can be more prepared for potential dangers in their homes.