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Safe Kids Coalition

Fire

 

fireChildren are at grave risk of injury and death from residential fires, because they have less control of their environment than adults and have limited ability to react appropriately. More than 43% of fire-related deaths among children ages 9 and under occur when the child is attempting to escape and is unable to act or is acting irrationally. The youngest children are at the greatest risk, and half of the children ages 5 and under who die are asleep at the time of the fire. Due to their own curiosity, older children are often at risk when they are left to play alone in their bedrooms and have access to matches and lighters.

 

Home cooking equipment is the leading cause of residential fires. However, residential fires caused by smoking materials (i.e. cigarettes) are the leading cause of fire-related death. Other fire dangers are the use of portable or area heating equipment, such as fireplaces, space heaters, and wood stoves. Other potential hazards are old and frayed electrical wires and appliance cords, plugging several appliance cords into the same electrical socket, and storing flammable liquids inside the house.

 

Safety Tips for Parents

 

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home and in every sleeping area, and test them monthly. The chances of dying in a residential fire are cut approximately 50% when a smoke alarm is present.

  • Keep matches, lighters, and candles out of children's reach.

  • Never smoke in bed.

  • Store gasoline, paint thinner, and ammonia outside the home.

  • Cook on the back burners, and keep handles turned away from the front.

  • Plan and practice a fire escape route with your family, and have a pre-determined place to meet outside of the house.

  • Keep flammable items away from the fireplace, heater, or radiator.

 

If There Is a Fire

 

  • Call 9-1-1 from a phone outside the home.

  • Know two different ways out of the house.

  • Leave the house right away, stay low, and crawl.

  • Always feel doors before opening them. If hot, do not open and find another way out.

 

What Parents Should Teach Kids

 

  • Crawl low under smoke.

  • Touch doors before opening. If hot, use a different route.

  • Never go back into a burning building for anything.

  • "Stop, Drop and Roll" after getting outside if clothes are on fire.

  • Take children to local fire station for a tour.

  • Teach the sound of the smoke alarm and what to do if it sounds.

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Safe Kids Coalition of Maricopa County

 

Telephone:

602.506.6850

 

Street Address:

4041 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85012

 

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