‘Common Sense’ Fire- and Life-Safety Education For Literally All Ages!
Just a friendly
reminder, anytime is the right time to review these Fire- and Life-Safety measures and procedures you can post on your refrigerator
for all to read!
· Change your Smoke Detector
Batteries; just remember to do this every time you change your
clock every Spring/Fall when you accommodate daylight savings time.
· Stop, Drop and Roll and cover your face/eyes: This action will smother the flames as running will only
introduce more Oxygen to fan the flames and therefore will exponentially increase any amount of pain and suffering of a burn
· When you call 911, call from a SAFE place first, then remember to never ever,
NEVER hang up the phone!
[Emphasis added] Help will always arrive even if
no words are spoken! Cell phone 911 calls are of course less forgiving but the same procedure applies.
· In case of a fire in any building, check your exit door for HEAT with the back of your hand, …and
then ONLY if it is cool, kneel down and open the door ever so SLOWLY!
· If Hot to the touch or feel, seal the bottom of the door with a sheet
and/or blanket to prevent toxic, superheated gases from entering the very room that
may save your life.
* Place a “Tot Finder” sticker on the
outside of each child’s bedroom window for fire fighters to see upon their first walk around of your home to evaluate
additional rescue procedures.
If unable to escape to the outside by opening
the window and punching out the screen, stay low to the floor in an
opposite corner of the door under and behind any protection available (i.e. bedding material, etc.) to trap cooler
uncontaminated air for breathing and to possibly shield any radiant heat; remain as calm as possible; Note: Small children
may hide/be frightened by Fire Fighters in FULL Bunker Gear!
· If able to escape, stay low where the air is cooler, easier to breathe, where greater visibility
is afforded to see farther across a room or hallway to assist a fire victim to determine the best way out when seconds truly
· Upon exit, report directly
to “THE” pre-established meeting place (i.e. Mail Box, End of Drive Way) for
all members of the family to meet outside and accounted for in the front of a home regardless of weather conditions (just
like assembly on the playground in a single file line during every fire/drill at school): This is the only way to confirm
an accurate life hazard risk. [SAVE YOUR LIFE AS YOU SAVE THE LIFE OF A FIRE FIGHTER -Most
fire fighters are injured or worse during an active fire LIFE rescue, especially if unsuccessful upon first entry!]
a successful escape (i.e. to the back yard) does not allow safe passage to the ‘pre-established’ meeting place
in the front of the home (flames impinging both side yards of a home), scream and yell until someone hears and finds you to
be rejoined with all family members A.S.A.P. [Again, fire fighters can become injured and
worse searching for fire victims who have already escaped safely yet remain unaccounted for! We never end our search
until we are forced out at great risk of injury to ourselves!] Note, small children may hide in fear and therefore
experience incredible psychological trauma assuming the worst has occurred while Mom and Dad simultaneously assume the worst
from in front of a home as they observe each fire fighter emerge unsuccessful! Protect us while you protect your family!
These are merely guidelines that may help to save both the life of a fire victim and that of
a rescuer when every second counts before Carbon Monoxide poisoning occurs and fire victims are unable to act in a coherant,
prudent manner to allow
Preventative and Non-Emergency Measures and Guidelines:
· When going to an amusement park or other place of high occupancy, establish the “Five (5)
Foot Rule” (max. distance from parent to child at all times… PERIOD!);
· Make sure each child memorizes
and then recites with eyes closed the clothing worn by each parent and/or guardian. This is an excellent habit to create and repeat that even works when going to the grocery store or shopping mall.
· Capture a digital photo
of each child (preferably with a cell phone camera PRIOR to embarking any place(s)
of gathering.) This photo can then be broadcast immediately to assist any and all necessary emergency personnel who
may be assigned to that child’s search and recovery that very day. It takes only a moment to capture a FULL
and ACCURATE image of a child that fits the exact physical description and clothing worn.
· Instruct each child if separated from a parent/guardian, never leave the area in which last sight/contact was made
with the “missing” parent(s): STAY PUT! DO NOT MOVE! MOM AND/OR DAD
WILL COME BACK LOOKING FOR YOU!
· When going on a hike or an outing or camping trip, always
have a buddy (as taught when swimming), communicate every detail about where, when, and how complete with the promise to return
at a specific time. If lost, save your energy and remain near present location that provides
both best shelter and if possible, near an open area that provides highest visibility.
Never ever split-up unless absolutely necessary (i.e. as LAST RESORT during a medical emergency and then only when
the ‘buddy’ has FULL accurate knowledge of entire route back and forth from place where victim of injury/illness
promises to wait until help to arrives). REMAIN CALM! CONSERVE ENERGY! Do all you can to maintain your faculties and be as creative as possible to utilize every resource available.
· ALWAYS Wear Your SEATBELT!
Just imagine if you were hurling at a rate of 70 miles an hour only inches above the
pavement and gravity took its natural course. Now imagine being protected within a strong metal frame equipped with
air-bags and the means to keep you secure in your padded leather seat in the event you hit or something causes you to be hit
unexpected. Can you ever predict the next incident when you might wish you were strapped in the latest technology money
can buy!?! Not only will you increase your chances of survival, but you’ll also remain behind the wheel where
you belong to maintain better control of your vehicle! The choice
is yours! Fact is, people die in car accidents, but much fewer since
passage of this law!
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