Saturday is Home Fire Drill Day

WE DO FIRE DRILLS AT SCHOOL. WE DO THEM AT WORK. NOW LET’S DO THEM AT HOME.

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.

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.

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