New baby? Time to make fire safety a priority!
Congratulations! As you prepare a cozy nest for your new little one, make sure it is as safe as can be from fire. Children under the age of 4 are at a higher risk of death
or injury from a home fire than older children.
Use the checklist below to ensure your home is as safe as possible!
Smoke Alarm Checklist
Smoke alarms give you an early warning of a fire. Your home needs working smoke alarms. Most children who die in fires live in homes without working smoke alarms.
- You have smoke alarms on every level of your home.
- You have smoke alarms inside and outside of all the sleeping areas.
- All of your smoke alarms work.
- You test your smoke alarm each month.
- Your smoke alarms are less than 10 years old.
- Everyone knows the sound of the alarm.
Fire Escape Checklist
In a fire, every second counts. Having a plan can save your life. Talk with your family about what to do if there is a fire. Know two ways out from each room. Know how you will get your baby out in an emergency.
- You have a fire escape plan for your home.
- You know two ways out of every room.
- You know the best way to take your baby outside if there is a fire.
- You practice the plan with everyone who lives in your home at least twice a year.
- You have a meeting place outside.
- Everyone knows how to call 9-1-1 from outside to report a fire.
- You know not to go back inside until the firefighters tell you it’s safe.
Source for Content: Home Fire Safety for New Parents, FEMA (PDF)
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