Children experience fire interest. They may ask questions such as how hot is fire or show an interest in fire through playing with fire trucks or cooking on a play stove. This is healthy, but it is time to begin educating about fire and fire safety.
Fire/Burn is the 4th leading cause of injury requiring hospitalization in Delaware according to the 2014 DEMSOC report. Fifty Six (56) children ages birth – 14 were injured in 2013 due to fire/burns and needed to be hospitalized as a result. The 0 – 4 age range had the highest number of injuries of any age group in this category. Nationally, this age range represented about 63,000 children injured due to a fire or burn that were treated in emergency rooms.
Fires and Burns can happen from cooking, heating elements like heaters or fireplaces, smoking, candles, and gasoline and other products. Safe Kids Delaware works through its partner, the Delaware State Fire School, to educate children and parents about injuries due to fire and burns, and the importance of having working smoke detectors. To request a presentation on Fire Safety or a tour of the Fire School contact the Delaware State Fire School at (302) 739-4773 and ask for Mike Lowe or Kim O’Malley.
Thanks to the generous support of Kohl’s Cares®, the Nemours AI DuPont Hospital for Children Injury Prevention team has put together fire safety videos for families and schools. Fireman Dan and Douser teach kids about important fire safety rules, including Stop, Drop, and Roll.
Fire Safety Video
Have an Escape Plan
Nationally, 85% percent of all fire-related deaths are due to home fires, which spread rapidly and can leave families as little as two minutes to escape once an alarm sounds. An escape plan can help every member of a family get out of a burning house. The idea is to get outside quickly and safely. Smoke from a fire can make it hard to see where things are, so it's important to learn and remember the different ways out of your home. How many exits are there? How do you get to them from your room? It's a good idea to have your family draw a map of the escape plan.
The Delaware Volunteer Firefighter’s Association has produced a child friendly DVD to provide an age-appropriate and engaging way to teach critical fire escape skills.
Learn more about what to do in a fire from the Nemours/Kohls Healthy Kids Site
Nearly 60% of home fire deaths occur where there is none or no working smoke detector. Having one can cut risk of death in half! To obtain a free smoke detector for your home, contact your local fire department.
If you suspect that your child is setting fires intentionally, you may want to review the Young Firesetters Tip Sheet
Links to other resources:
Delaware State Fire School - http://statefireschool.delaware.gov/
National Fire Protection Association - http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information
Delaware Volunteer Firefighter’s Association - http://www.dvfassn.com/
DVFAs Safe- T Bear Site - http://www.safetbear.org/background.htm
Nemours/Kohls Healthy Kids Injury Prevention Program http://www.nemours.org/service/health/safetyprograms/kohlsinjuryprevention/fire-safety.html