How to Be a Super Prepared Family in Fire Safety

This is a sponsored post on behalf of First Alert. All opinions are mine alone.

I like to think of myself as a prepared mom. Whether we’re at a school function, sports event or on a family vacation, I’m always prepared with what may come our way. But am I prepared for those unexpected events such as a fire? I want my family to be super prepared for all those unexpected life events. Since October is Fire Prevention Month I thought it would be the perfect time to share all of my tips with you and how we can prepared in the event of a house fire.

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Our home.

First Alert is the most trusted brand in home safety. They are well known for smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and other fire safety products. So, I was excited they sent me their Fire Prevention Kit which includes:

The SA3210 is great overall protection because it has both types of smoke sensors recommended by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). The P1010 is a nice addition to your home’s safety, ideal for the bedroom. The PRC710 provides both smoke and CO safety.The CO710 is a nice table-top addition, and can be easily added to any room.

It’s the perfect fire prevention kit for us to be a super prepared family. Here’s my tips on how to be prepared for unexpected house fires.

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Install, Replace and Test Alarms. It’s important to have enough smoke alarms in your home. You should have smoke alarms installed inside every sleep room as well as outside each sleeping area and on every level of your home. You should test all smoke alarms at least once per month.

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Have a Safety Checklist. It is so important to have a safety checklist so everyone in your home can be prepared. First Alert offers excellent plans on their website for fire safety.

Plan a Fire Escape Route. Draw a map of your home by using the grid on First Alert’s website with all members of your household, marking two exits from each room and a path to the outside from each exit. It’s important you also teach your children a plan for exiting the home on their own.

Have a Meeting Place. Always have a place to meet outside, away from a fire, so everyone in your family can be accounted for and you can easily see if someone is missing.

I encourage you all to unleash your own super powers with the “Super Prepared Family” to help spread awareness about home fire safety.

Alarms do not last forever; smoke alarms and newer carbon monoxide alarms last for 10-years. When alarms are due for replacement, upgrading your level of protection with devices containing 10-year sealed batteries, which offer tamper-proof, hassle-free protection while eliminating the need to replace batteries for the life of the alarms.

When considering alarm replacement, it is important to consider each home’s specific needs to make sure the home is properly equipped throughout the home with both smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. A variety of smoke alarms, including combination and 10-year battery powered models, are available to meet specific needs and local legislation requirements.

Fire Prevention Month is a great time to do a home safety checklist (if you don’t already have one). Items on a good safety checklist include testing alarm functionality, keeping track of expiration dates and replacing alarms as needed, ensuring alarms are installed on every level, and planning and practicing your family’s escape route. Other annual items such as professionally servicing the furnace and ensuring dryer vents are clean also should make the checklist.

A critical component of fire safety is having, and practicing, an escape plan with your family. According to new research from First Alert, only 27 percent of families have included a meeting spot in their fire escape plans. When creating a plan with your family, make sure you can identify two ways out of each room – which can include windows and doors – and make sure everyone in the home understands the plan. This is something that older children can help create – it is fun to get the whole family involved!

How are you a super prepared family in fire safety? Comment below and share with us!

Melanie Kampman

Melanie Kampman is a web designer, developer and owner of Giveaway Bandit and Farm News for Kids. She lives in Northwest Missouri on a large family farm with her husband and eight year old son, the Giveaway Bandit. They raise cattle with a variety of pets including horses, chickens, ducks, and a slew of cats. By Melanie Kampman If you are interested in writing a sponsored post on Giveaway Bandit please email me at melanie (at) giveawaybandit (dot) com.

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