Children under the age of five are more likely to die in a fire related accident than any other age...
Children under the age of five are more likely to die in a fire related accident than any other age group. With the holidays come issues like candles around the house and possibly matches or lighters being left out; crackling fires, and with that danger for your young child. Here are some tips to help keep your under-five child safe:
- From the youngest age possible make sure your little knows that matches, the fireplace, lighters, and anything else that burns, like candles or incense is off limits. This is why it's important to use "NO" when you need to instead of all the time.
- Really talk about fire. Use the words hot, ouch, burn and more. If you talk about it often your little will be better equipped to think about fire safety even if she's too young to fully get it.
- Are your smoke alarms in good working order? Make sure by checking them at least once a year but twice is better. When you check them change the batteries.
- Teach children at a young age to stop, drop, and roll.
- Teach children at a young age their personal escape route in case of a fire. Even a three year old can practice -- she may not fully comprehend but you are making fire safety a point early on.
- Be sure to watch for children who may like to swing their toys or blankets around candles or the fireplace. Something they swing could catch fire. Better yet just place candles in candle containers -- like a vase that with rim and place them out of reach.