Child Fire Safety Checklist

This child fire safety checklist will protect you and your family by suggesting simple changes that could save your life.

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Child Fire Safety Checklist:

Change Your Smoke Detector Batteries
The IAFC and fire experts nationwide encourage people to practice using a child fire safetychecklist by including changing smoke detector batteries at least annually. An easy way to remember to change your batteries is when you turn your clock back in the fall. Replace old batteries with fresh, high quality alkaline batteries, such as energizer brand batteries, to keep your smoke detector going year-long. Include your child when you do this and show them a print out of the "Child Fire Safety Checklist."

Check Your Smoke Detectors
After inserting a fresh battery in your smoke detector, check to make sure the smoke detector itself is working by pushing the safety test button.

Count Your Smoke Detectors
Install at least one smoke detector on every level of your home, including the basement and family room and, most important, outside all bedrooms. Include the count on your child fire safety checklist.

Vacuum Your Smoke Detectors
Each month, clean your smoke detectors of dust and cobwebs to ensure their sensitivity.

Change Your Flashlight Batteries
To make sure your emergency flashlights work when you need them, use high-quality alkaline batteries. Note: Keep a working flashlight near your bed, in the kitchen, basement and family room, andd use it to signal for help in the event of a fire. You can even write the date you changed them on your child fire safety checklist so you can easily remember.

Install Fire Extinguishers
Install a fire extinguisher in or near your kitchen and know how to use it. Should you need to purchase one, the IAFC recommends a multi-or all-purpose fire extinguisher that is listed by an accredited testing laboratory such as Underwriters Laboratory.

Plan and Practice Your Escape
Create at least two different escape routes and practice them with the entire family. Children are at double the risk of dying in a home fire because they often become scared and confused during fires. Make sure your children understand that a smoke detector signals a home fire and that they recognize its alarm.

Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery
Energizer brand Batteries, the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC)and your local fire department urge you to adopt a simple, potentially lifesaving habit: change the batteries in your smoke detector when you change your clocks back to standard time in the fall.

Consider The Following:
Each day, an average of three kids die in home fires - 1,100 children each year. About 3,600 children are injured in house fires each year. 90 percent of child fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke detectors.

Although smoke detectors are in 92 percent of American homes, nearly one-third don't work because of old or missing batteries.

A working smoke detector reduces the risk of dying in a home fire by nearly half.

Ensure that you refer to your "Child Fire Safety Checklist" often. Also, review it with your children so that they grow up with safety first as part of their life style.

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