Make home safety the whole family’s responsibility. Before an emergency situation arises, plan ahead and develop a plan for your household, whether it’s a fire or severe storm. Schedule a family meeting to talk about potential home safety concerns and what you can do to avoid or react to them.
Map out a fire plan on paper and be sure it includes emergency phone numbers. Post a copy in each bedroom. Try to review the plan with the whole family once a month. Be sure to show everyone how to crawl under smoke to escape during a fire and how to cover their mouths and noses with shirts or towels to keep from breathing in smoke. Designate one family member to assist younger children, elderly relatives or pets during an emergency.
Decide on a meeting spot that is outside and away from the house. All family members living in your home should know the fire plan, including where to gather once they have evacuated the house. Be sure all children know what smoke and fire alarms sound like so they can recognize them during a fire. Teach children the “Stop, Drop and Roll” technique for putting out a fire on their clothes or in their hair.
Develop a home safety plan for severe storms such as hurricanes or tornadoes. If you have a basement, it is the safest location to go during a storm. Keep supplies such as food, water, flashlights, a portable radio and batteries stored in a waterproof, sealable container so they’re available if you need them. Discuss your plan with your family and make sure everyone understands what to do and what their responsibilities will be.
Keep a first aid kit stocked and easily accessible in case of emergencies.
Become certified in CPR techniques.