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It’s Fire Prevention Week and to help raise awareness about preventing fires in your home, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and LEGO City have teamed up to help get families prepared.
One of the most important prevention tips? Mapping out an escape plan for you and your kids should a fire occur in your home. According to the NFPA, just one third of families have a plan in place. Read this and share it with your kids -- so everyone can stay safe.
Make It Fun
Want to get the kids to really think about fire prevention plans? Ask them to build a model of your home using Legos and then walk them through safety steps. What are the exits for each room? Are all windows and doors easy to open in an emergency? What path should they take from the different rooms?
Choose a Meet-Up Place
Once you talk about getting out of the house, you’ll want to designate a place for the family to gather, be it a neighbor’s yard, a certain tree or other easy-to-spot locale near your home. Remind your kids where it is when you’re outside.
Practice Makes Perfect
Lego GroupTalking about your plan once isn’t likely to make it stick with the kids. Create a drill twice a year, if not more often, so they don’t forget their exit strategy. Knowing what to do will help ease a bit of the chaos should an emergency occur.
Talk About It
Lego GroupBring up safety measures whenever they arise when you’re with the kids. If you’re cooking, teach them about turning off the burners on the stove. Make sure to talk to them about blowing out candles. Keep matches and lighters out of reach and explain their dangers.
Make It a Game
Lego GroupTreat your preparations like a fun family activity and your kids will want to participate. Print out Sparky the Fire Dog's "Home Safety Checklist," stick it on a clipboard, and go through the rooms of your house to tick off the items. Kids can take turn being the "fire chief." Or download the new free app and eBook, Sparky's Birthday Surprise.