New Baby Fire Safety Checklist

    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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