Teaching children about fire safety is critical. That’s especially true here at Lancaster County Fire Rescue. We believe that taking time to teach young people some simple but important rules can save their lives – and maybe even someone else’s. In order to make sure your children are as safe as possible, our Lancaster County fire departments want to share four of our top fire safety tips for kids:

  1. Matches and lighters aren’t toys – Teach your children not to play with these items is critical. No matter how old they are, kids need to know that matches and lighters are not toys. Keep these items in out-of-reach areas or safely locked away. Additionally, keep lit candles away from children.
  2. Know what to do if a smoke alarm sounds – Help your kids learn what smoke alarms sound like and what they should do if they hear one. Test your smoke detector so they can hear the sound. However, explain to them that you’re testing the alarms so they won’t panic.
  3. Give your family a fire escape plan – Establish a fire safety plan and take time to review it with your family on a regular basis. Knowing how to get out if a fire breaks out at home could mean the difference between life and death.
  4. Be aware of potential hazards in the home – Teach your children to stay out of the kitchen unless an adult is present. Tell them to stay away from appliances and other items that could start a fire, like furnaces and grills.

Being a role model for fire safety goes a long way toward keeping your child safe. Start by teaching and practicing fire safety in your home today! For more fire safety information, contact one of our Lancaster County fire departments. Our volunteer firefighters are always happy to help.