PLAN AHEAD FOR SAFETY
PLANNING AND PREVENTION are the keys to fire safety. Protect yourself and the children you’re watching against fire by taking simple precautions.
IN CASE OF FIRE
- GET OUT! STAY OUT! If you smell smoke, hear a smoke alarm, or see flames, get everybody out! Don’t wait for any reason.
- Crawl Low under Smoke. If you encounter smoke while you are escaping a fire, use another exit route. If you must escape through smoke, remember that heat and smoke rise so cleaner air is near the floor. Crawl on your hands and knees, keeping your head 12 to 24 inches above the floor. Make the children go first and follow close behind.
CALL THE FIRE DEPARTMENT
- Take the children with you to a neighbor’s home and call the fire department from there. Give the fire department the complete address of the fire and stay on the phone until you’re told to hang up. Then call the children’s parents.
- DON’T GO BACK! Watch children carefully while you’re waiting for the fire department. Make sure no one goes back inside for any reason. Keep everyone a safe distance from the fire and out of the way of the fire fighters.
- If You Can’t Get To The Children. If smoke or flames are blocking the way to the children, go straight to a neighbor’s and call the fire department. Tell them that there are children trapped inside and where they are located.
- Stop, Drop & Roll. If your clothing catches fire: Stop, don’t run. Drop to the ground and cover your face with your hands. Roll over and over until fire goes out. Babysitters may have to help children do this. Pull the child over to smother the flames. Cool the burn with water and call for help.
Plan Your Escape
- Every household should have an escape plan. When you babysit, discuss what to do in case of fire with the adults in the household./li>
- Be familiar with their home. Learn all the exits and know how to unlock doors and windows. Know two ways out of each room, especially bedrooms.
- All households should have a meeting place outside where everyone gathers after escaping a fire. Have the adults show you the meeting place and don’t confuse children by changing the plan.
- Discuss the escape plan and meeting place with the children. Make sure everyone knows where to meet outside.
- Be sure you know the location of a neighbor who will be home. In case of fire, call the fire department from a neighbor’s phone, cell phone or alarm box.