OCTOBER IS FIRE SAFETY MONTH!
This antique fire truck is one of many exhibits on display at the Lima Fire Fighter Memorial Museum in Lincoln Park.
October is National Fire Safety Month. Allen County’s thirteen fire departments encourage everyone to practice fire safety at home, work and school every day. Here are some tips for practicing fire safety with your kids.
Did You Kno w?
- Children set over 100,000 fires every year.
- Children make up 24% of all fire deaths.
- Children playing with fire set 45% of the fires that kill children under 5.
- Children playing with fire do so in bedrooms, closets, and under beds where there are a lot of things that catch fire easily.
Safety Tips for You, Your Home, and Your Family
- Supervise young children closely. Do not leave them alone even for short periods of time.
- Keep matches and lighters in a secured drawer or cabinet.
- Have your children tell you when they find matches and lighters.
- Check under beds and in closets for burned matches and or evidence that your child might be playing with fire.
- Develop a home fire escape plan and practice it with your family.
- Designate a meeting place outside.
- Teach children the nature of fire. It is Hot, Fast, Dark and Deadly!
- Teach children not to hide from fire fighters.
- Show children how to crawl low on the floor and below the smoke. Get out and stay out!
- Demonstrate how to stop, drop to the ground, and roll if their clothes catch fire.
- Familiarize children with the sound of your smoke detector.
- Replace your smoke detector every ten years.
- Replace the batteries in your smoke detector every six months.
For more information on fire safety contact your local fire department.