Philadelphia Fire Department's KidZone!

Course #4: Hunting For Hazards

 

Kitchen

1. A grown up should always be present in the kitchen when food is being cooked.
2. The stove area should be clean and free of clutter.
3. Curtains and other flammable objects should be kept well away from the stove.
4. When pots are on the stove, the handles should always face inwards, and potholders should be within easy reach of the stove.
5. Kids should never go within 3 feet of the stove while it's on. It is dangerous!

Heating

1.Space heaters and fires should never be left unattended. The areas around space heaters and fireplaces should be clear of anything that can catch fire, at least 3 feet.
2.Fireplaces should have a good sturdy screen to prevent sparks and embers from escaping into the room.
3.Chimneys and furnaces should be cleaned and serviced at least once a year.
4.Propane tanks and other flammable fuels should always be kept outside your home .

Electrical

1. Cords should never be run under carpets, or across doorways.
2. Always be careful not to overload extension cords and receptacles. This could cause a fire.
3. All electrical cords should be inspected for defects. A grownup should do this, and be sure they unplug the cord first!

Fire Safety

1. There should be smoke alarms on every level of your home, and they should be tested regularly.
          - 9V batteries should be tested once a week.
          - Lithum batteries should be tested once a month.
2. All exits in the house should be free of clutter to ensure an easy escape in case of a fire.
3. Your family should plan fire escape routes with at least 2 exits from each room, and have a safe meeting place outside to meet with other family members. The fire escape plan should be practiced at least 2 times a year.
4. In case of an emergency, dial 911!