Safe Kids Midlands
Palmetto Health Richland
7 Richland Medical Park Drive
Columbia, SC 29203
PHONE (803) 434-2955
FAX (803) 434-7379
Did you know?
Fires and burns are the fifth leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children ages 14 and under.
Homes with smoke alarms (whether or not they are work) typically have a death rate that is 40-50% less than the rate for homes without alarms.
Children, especially those ages five and under, are at the greatest risk from home fire-related death and injury, with a fire death rate twice the national average.
Nearly 40 percent of all home fires and more than half of all fire-related deaths in the home occur in the 6 percent of U.S. homes that have no smoke alarms!
Fire prevention strategies
Prepare and educate yourself and your children to prevent a fire related accident.
Buy a smoke alarm. Smoke alarms are available at a variety of prices. The most important thing to remember is that homes with smoke alarms (whether or not they are operational) typically has a death rate that is 40-50% less than the rate for homes without alarms.
Install the smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement, making sure that there is an alarm outside every separate sleeping area.
Mount smoke alarms high on walls or ceilings (remember, smoke rises).
Replace smoke alarms batteries once a year, or as soon as the battery chirps warning that the battery is low.
Create and practice an escape route with your family. Mark the two ways out of every room, including doors and windows.
Chose a safe meeting place outside the home. Make sure to mark this on your escape plan.
Assign a person in the family to assist infants and older adults in the fire drill and in case of an emergency. (check this website for help protecting infants and toddlers: http://www.usfaparents.gov/index.shtm)
Know what your smoke alarm sounds like. Get out of the house, call 911 and stay out of the house until the fire department arrives.
A site designed for parents of infants and toddlers.
McGruff teaches kids about fire safety. Kids can find games to play here also!
PBS sponsored site that teaches preschoolers fire safety
Parents, learn how to lead a home fire drill.
Fire safety checklist
Click here for safety tips, games and to send an eCard. October ends with many children’s favorite night—Halloween night! Take your young child trick or treating and make it a fun, safe evening together. Remember to “be seen on Halloween!”
Safe Kids USA website - Halloween