In December, my Dad came down for a few days to tackle a bunch of “honey dos” on my list. Matthew is many things, but handy isn’t one of them! Thankfully, my Dad loves tackling a long-to do list – and Elias loved helping.
One of the items on our list was to get the house “fire safe”. I am a bit embarrassed how unprepared we were if we ever had a fire, but I am writing this post because I hope that if you are like me, you are encouraged to make your home safer. Kidde graciously sent me a big box of products to outfit our house with all the proper fire safety tools.
Worry-Free Smoke Alarms
Before working with Kidde, I thought it was sufficient to have two smoke alarms – one upstairs and one downstairs. Boy, was I wrong. Turns out you should have them throughout your home and in every bedroom.
When my Dad installed the Kidde worry-free smoke alarms, he said that they were the easiest alarms he has ever installed – just one screw! He actually said Kidde is the only brand he will buy because they are so incredibly easy to put up (turns out, we totally could have done it on our own). Coming from my Dad, there is no better endorsement.
We also had not yet invested in ladders for the second-story bedrooms, but thanks to Kidde, we now have escape ladders in every bedroom.
Fire extinguishers should within reach on every level of your home including close to exits, and in the kitchen and garage. Think about all locations where a fire may start. While at Kidde, the fire fighter told us that he had an extinguisher in every bedroom, in his living room, kitchen and garage. We now have them in our bedrooms, in the front hall closet (next to the living room with the fireplace) and under our kitchen sink.
Carbon Monoxide Alarms
My Dad also installed carbon monoxide alarms on each floor of our house. I thought this graphic was really helpful in understanding all the potential sources of CO.
Family Fire Safety Plan
Installing these gave us a great opportunity to talk about our own family fire safety plan. With our kids being so little, we talked about things in very broad terms with the kids, especially Elias. Adeline was present for the conversation too, but she was more worried about her baby dolls.
As your family puts together a fire safety plan, you might find these resources helpful
- FEMA Fire Escape Planning Considerations
- FEMA Fire Escape Plan Grid (a great tool to create your family’s escape plan)
- FEMA brochure about home fire escape planning for babies and toddlers
- SafeKids video about home fire drills
- SafeKids page about fire safety (scroll to the bottom for videos pertaining to families with children with special needs)
How fire/CO safe is your home?
Disclosure: The post is the third in a year-long sponsored series by Kidde. Some links are affiliate links.