Children & Fire Safety Tips Part II
Home Fire Escapes
Draw a map of your home. Include all doors and windows.
Find two ways out of every room.
Make sure you can use all of your ways out - doors and windows are not blocked.
Choose an outside meeting place in front of your home.
Go over your plan with everyone in your home especially children and the elderly.
Plan to assist anyone who needs help getting outside.
Combine practice or drills with your monthly smoke alarm checks or at least twice annually.
School Zone Safety
When a school bus or children are present slow down and proceed with caution, obeying all traffic laws and speed limits.
Always stop for a school bus that has stopped to load or unload passengers. Red flashing lights and an extended stop arm tell you the school bus is stopped to load or unload children. Under certain conditions State Law requires you to stop.
If you are on a two-lane roadway, you must stop.
If you are on a roadway that has two or more travel lanes traveling in each direction and you are traveling the same direction as the bus, you must stop.
If you are on a roadway that has at least two or more travel lanes traveling in each direction and you are approaching, meeting the bus, you do not have to stop, merely proceed with caution.
Be alert and ready to stop. Watch for children walking in the street, especially where there are no sidewalks. Watch for children playing and gathering near bus stops. Watch for children arriving late for the bus, who may dart into the street without looking for traffic. When backing out of a driveway or leaving a garage, watch for children walking or biking to school.
When driving in neighborhoods or school zones, watch for young people who may be in a hurry to get to school and may not be thinking about getting there safely.
Keep it low - If you don't live in an apartment building, consider sleeping in a room on the ground floor in order to make emergency escape easier. Make sure that smoke alarms are installed in every sleeping room and outside any sleeping areas.
Sound the alarm - If anyone in your household is deaf or if your own hearing is diminished, consider installing a smoke alarm that uses a flashing light or vibration to alert you to a fire emergency.
Do the drill -. If you or someone you live with cannot escape alone, designate a member of the household to assist, and decide on backups in case the designee isn't home.
Open up - Make sure that you are able to open all doors and windows in your home.
Stay connected - Keep a telephone nearby, along with emergency phone numbers so that you can communicate with emergency personnel if you're trapped in your room by fire or smoke.