This is all you need to remember over the Easter break.
One of the scariest things to imagine as a parent is the thought of your house going up in flames – of your house setting alight while your children are inside.
That’s why knowing fire safety and having a proper fire alarm is so important.
We were lucky enough to speak to Senior Fire Fighter, Melanie Rebane who has been a fire fighter for over 10 years and has worked at the Bondi, Sydney City and Parramatta stations to find out exactly what we need to know about fire safety and why it’s so important to change your alarm batteries this weekend.
Q: How can you teach your kids fire safety?
M: Teaching your children about fire risks in the home and what to do if there is a fire is a great start. At Fire & Rescue NSW, we teach kids fire safety by making it engaging and fun. For example, we created the Brigades Kids website to encourage learning about important fire safety messages through games and play.
By teaching your children the dangers, they will be aware of safe behaviours and be able to prevent fires.
Q: What can they do if there's a fire?
M: Fires are dangerous and can engulf an entire room in just under three minutes. It’s important kids know not to try and put the fire out themselves and to move quickly for a safe escape. If there is a fire, teach them to tell an adult; get down low and go, go, go!; get out and stay out!; and call Triple Zero.
Q: What conversation(s) do you need to have with your kids about fire safety?
M: A fire will happen when you least expect it so it’s always good to discuss what to do in case of a fire in your home. You can develop your home escape plan using our escape grid and instructions, then make sure you practice it.
Practice your home escape plan with your kids by pressing the test button on your smoke alarm and getting them to ‘get down low and go, go, go!’ to the nearest safe exit, alerting an adult as they go, then getting out of the house and meeting at a safe place (your letterbox is a good idea). Teach them it’s important that once they are outside, never to go back into a burning building even for their pets or prized possessions. Ask them the number to call for a fire, ‘000’ and if they remember their address. Firefighters will take seven to ten minutes to arrive to put the fire out.