According to the United States Fire Administration, USFA, children under five years old are the most likely to be killed or injured in the event of a fire. Babies and toddlers not only depend on us to keep them safe, but also are unable to recognize the dangers present when there is a fire. That is why it is important to fireproof your home whenever you baby proof.
Hide Heat Sources
Matches, lighters, candles, and other fire starters need to be kept far away from your child’s reach until they are old enough to understand the responsibilities and dangers associated with them. In addition, hide all flammable liquids, as children could also attempt to ingest these chemicals not knowing they are dangerous.
Electrical outlet covers are an amazing way to keep babies from interacting with dangerous electrical currents. These small, inexpensive plastic devices plug into your wall outlets and are designed to be difficult to impossible for children to remove.
Watch Your Actions
Babies learn by watching and imitating us. If a child sees their parent eating with a spoon, the baby will attempt to do the same. While this can be beneficial, it can also mean you teach your children bad habits without even knowing. Always make sure you avoid lighting matches, using lighters, smoking, or messing with any dangerous or flammable materials when your child could be watching.
Fire Escape Plan
Before your child is able to walk, it is unlikely that they will be able to get out of their crib and crawl to safety in the event of a fire. That is why when you create a fire safety plan for your home, you need to make sure you know how to get to your baby to get it out of the home in time. Make sure you know which adult or parent is responsible for the baby, and where to meet so you know everyone is safe.
Your smoke alarms need to be regularly checked to ensure they are working properly when they need to be. When it comes to a new addition to your family, consider upgrading your alarms so they can be more efficient and warn you sooner when you or your family are in danger.
The minute you find out you are expecting a child is when you need to begin preparing for their arrival. From building cribs and buying baby clothes, to baby-proofing the home, it is important to make sure you are ready to welcome your baby into the world. Fire safety might not be mentioned in What to Expect When You’re Expecting, but it could mean the difference between life and death for your baby.