LOOK, people. If we can get pumped about “Talk Like a Pirate Day” and “National Donut Day” than you better believe I’m going to expect you to all sit up and pay attention for this next bit…
October 14th is Home Fire Drill Day!
Kiddos practice at school, but that’s a different ballgame. It can be fun and easy for them in that setting, or it can make them anxious. Both of those are bad for home fire safety because the kids that fall into the “fun” category won’t know what to do without a line to follow, and the kiddos that are anxious may freeze at home, or worse—hide when they hear the alarm.
Practicing at home with kids will open the door to hear their age-appropriate questions and help you ease their worries.
Our friends at Nationwide’s Make Safe Happen program have a TON of amazing resources on HomeFireDrillDay.com for families that are taking the pledge to practice their own home fire drill on October 14. There are maps, games, and tips for your fire drill—including recommendations for how to exit the house safely and calmly.
You can even use the Make Safe Happen app for help you time your fire drill—the goal is to get out of the house and to your predetermined meeting spot in under 2 minutes!
Here’s how to drill...
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Step 1: Know Where To Go
- Pick a safety spot that’s near your home and a safe distance away.
- Explain to your kids that when the smoke alarm beeps, they need to get out of the house quickly and meet at that safety spot.
Step 2: Check Your Smoke Alarms
- Test your smoke alarms with your kids so they know the sound.
- Make sure there’s a smoke alarm on every level of your home, and one in each bedroom.
Step 3: Do The Drill
- Have kids head to their bedrooms and wait for the drill to begin.
- Got kids under 6? Assign adults to help anyone who’ll need it.
- Put one adult in charge of sounding the smoke alarm and running the drill.
- Next, sound the smoke alarm, start the timer and have everyone quickly get out of the house and to their safety spot.
- Once everyone gets to the safety spot, stop the timer. If you all made it in under two minutes, you each get an imaginary gold medal. If not, give it another try.
- In a real fire, get to the safety spot, then call 911 and keep everyone close until firefighters arrive.
Ready to take the pledge to keep your family safe? After all, 8 in 10 fire-related deaths result from home fires, and autumn and winter are the when home fires are more likely to happen.
So let’s get prepared! Visit HomeFireDrillDay.com for more resources and tips!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Nationwide Insurance. The opinions and text are all mine.