Teach young children how and when to call Emergency Medical Services (EMS), but that it isn’t a game. Teach children how to perform safety behaviors by having them actually practice them. Children should be rehearsed on appropriate safety behaviors. Talking about the right thing to do isn’t enough.
Make sure children learn their address and phone number as soon as they are able.
Teach children that EMS professionals are friendly helpers.
Teach kids that if they find matches or lighters, to tell an adult.
Teach kids what to do if their clothing catches on fire. (Stop, Drop and Roll)
Make sure they know planned escape routes and a meeting place outside the home. Practice fire drills.
Make sure kids know the sound of the smoke alarm and what to do if it goes off.
Include the entire family in monthly safety drill.
Test the smoke alarms once a month. Replace the batteries with new fresh ones at least once a year.
Post your house number where it will be visible from the street.
Help set up a field trip/presentation by the fire department and/or EMS department.
Teach your children, when they hear an ambulance siren to go the side of the road and get off their bikes. Teach them not to chase ambulances.
Keep matches and lighters locked up.
Keep guns, knives, and other dangerous articles locked up.
Make sure young children have supervision at all times. Never leave them alone even for short periods of time.