Whether you are a parent or a child care provider, when you are taking care of little ones, it is absolutely, 100 percent important to know and teach fire safety. So today we’re very happy to be sharing top tips for staying safe and practicing emergency procedures with kids. Please pass on the info!

Dear BANANA Bites,

I want to talk to my kids about fire safety and I’m wondering if you can give me some clear, simple tips. I want to make sure my youngest child (she’s three) understands what to do. Thanks!

-Safety First Dad

Dear SFD,

What an important question! We appreciate you bringing it up so we can address it for all the families we serve. There are a number of important steps you can take to protect young children from a fire, and there are a few very key lessons you can ensure they know.

1. Teach everyone in your household the California fire and medical emergency number: 911. This way they will always have a go-to resource for calling in additional help services.

2. Create an emergency plan and hold routine drills to practice at least two ways that family members can escape in the event of a fire.

3. Designate an outside location to meet so everyone will know exactly where to find one another. And, repeat the importance that ONCE OUT, everyone should STAY OUT.

4. In the possible instance that a member of the family does come into contact with fire, and clothing becomes ignited, the absolute most important thing to know is to STOP, DROP, and ROLL.

5. Make a point to review ideas for detailed fire safety in BANANAS’ Stop, Drop, and Roll Handout, which includes additional information on installing smoke alarms, keeping doors closed at night, steps for creating a practice family fire drill, tips for talking to 911 operators in the event of an emergency, and more.

For more info on fire safety, visit the U.S. Fire Administration’s website.

– BANANA Bites

If you have a question about parenting, early education, becoming a licensed provider, or running a child care, send an email to elyce@bananasinc.org! Remember, don’t go BANANAS, just call the Bunch!

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