If you turn on the news these days you’ll be sure to hear about local fires- including the Frye Fire on Mt. Graham, the Burro Fire on the outskirts of Tucson, and the Hilltop Fire northeast of Globe. Some fires start naturally from dry brush and lack of rain. Other fires, however, are 100% preventable and are started by people being irresponsible or by just a simple accident. Whether you are spending a weekend camping or hanging around the house, it is important to be aware of fire safety and to be prepared if something does occur.
Have an Escape Plan:
- For parents of young children, have a plan of who will get each child out safely
- Everyone should know two ways to get out of every room (window, door) and have safety equipment readily available if needed, like a portable ladder
- Choose a meeting place outside. It is important to have ONE meeting place and go directly there once outside the house. NEVER go back in.
- It is important to practice these steps. Parents, be sure to regularly test the fire alarm (once a month is suggested) to be sure it works properly and it also allows kids to become familiar with the sound.
Below is some general information on about how to keep kids safe from fires and burns:
- Always keep children at least 3 feet away from anything that can get hot- space heaters, stove tops, fireplaces, candles, BBQ grills, chimineas, etc, Burns happen quickly and are very painful!
- Keep matches and lighters in a locked up location, out of reach of children. Never play with these when you are around children. They often look like toys and kids may imitate the actions.
- For Children: if you see something, say something!
- If you see something out of place or see another kid playing with matches or a lighter, tell an adult immediately!
- Every fire starts small, but they can grow quickly!
Stay cool this summer my friends!