Thank you First Alert for sponsoring this post. October is National Fire Prevention Month and is the perfect time to gather your family and discuss fire safety.
Being a mom to 4 kids, it can be chaos. There’s hands, legs, voices, and bodies usually flailing in every direction. Or so it seems. Especially now with the 2 year old. He’s the most amazing blur of laughter and energy. And I’m supposed to be able to manage it all.
Here’s a secret, I don’t manage it all. There are priorities. At the top of the list of priorities is their safety and security. Making sure our home is fully equipped with reliable fire protection is essential. We’re off to a good start with our whole home fire safety supplies from First Alert.
With October being National Fire Prevention Month, First Alert knows that this is the perfect time to gather together and discuss fire safety. If these have already been done once, it never hurts to go over them again.
First Alert wants to make sure you have what you need to be safe. They’ve put together a Fire Safety Checklist that’s free to print so that you can discuss the game plan with your family. As an incentive for kids to complete the Fire Safety Checklist is the Jr Fire Marshal Badge! Because everyone wants to be the marshal. A few of the important items of note to go over on the checklist include planning an escape route, deciding on a safe meeting point, and testing all the alarms in your home.
Did you know that 3 out of 5 home fire deaths occur in homes with either no smoke alarms at all or no working smoke alarms? It’s a staggering statistic from the National Fire Protection Association. It’s vital to test your alarms regularly and change the batteries in your alarms at least every six months.
Or, for hassle-free protection, we love our 10-year sealed battery alarms from First Alert. No chirps, no battery replacements, no worries. Of course, alarms don’t last forever and should be replaced every 10-years.
Smoke alarms should be placed on every level of your home and in every bedroom.
We took the time this past week to install our new alarms, test the old ones, and make sure they were placed appropriately.
Not only are smoke alarms life-saving devices, but carbon monoxide detectors are, as well. Like the smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms should be installed on every level and in every bedroom. We love this stylish tabletop Carbon Monoxide Alarm with 10-Year Battery and Digital Temperature Display from First Alert, with an easy to read screen and quick test with a press of the button.
If flames should occur, your first line of defense is a working fire extinguisher. Since the #1 cause of fires is unattended cooking, it makes sense that the First Alert Kitchen Fire Extinguisher is made with kitchen fires in mind. Also, 2 teen boys and a tween girl who are eager to learn how to cook. Bad things are bound to happen, hopefully charred grilled cheese is the worst of it.
However, fire extinguishers aren’t just for the kitchen. They should be kept on every level of the home and in other areas like the laundry room, garage, near bedrooms, and by the grill.
We live in a 2 story house, with my boys rooming upstairs. If worse comes to worst and the stairs were engulfed, they’d have to kick open a window and climb down from the porch roof. Do they know this plan of action? They should.
An emergency escape plan, with two ways out of each room if possible, should be practiced at least twice a year. Also make sure you’ve come to an agreement on a meeting spot that’s a safe distance from your home. This is also a key part of the Fire Safety Checklist.
These are just a few of the principal points we’re going over this October for National Fire Prevention Month with help from First Alert. How are you keeping your home safe? Be sure to print and discuss the Fire Safety Checklist as well as the Jr Fire Marshal Badge so that everyone’s on board!