Fire Safety Month- 2020
October is Fire Safety month and let’s face it, 2020 has caused us all to focus a lot more on safety than ever before. SERVPRO® of Charles County and SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill are always Here to Help if you have an emergency, but we would like to HELP before an emergency occurs.
Maryland public schools are currently operating on a virtual learning platform due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, which gives us a little more time at home with our children. This would be the perfect time to discuss Fire Safety and possibly even create some cool activities to make sure everyone knows what to do in the case of an emergency.
Here are some ideas to get the creative mind working!
- Fire Drills-
I know you remember when you were in school and the fire drill would sound and everyone would STOP, GASP and MOVE! (For me it always seemed to occur right when I was really getting into something good in class!) We can recreate those in our homes. If you know your kid has a break from on screen learning between 11:30 and 12:30 plan a fire drill. Set an alarm and BOOM! Everyone to their places. This will ensure that everyone knows what to do and where to go in case of a real emergency.
- Escape Room-
No, I am not talking about those really cool new places that are popping up in a town near you! I am talking about a real escape plan for each room in your home. The entire family should be involved in the creation of your family's escape plan. They should know exactly what to do, where to go and honestly, they should know what NOT to do. Example: I tell my daughter that in the case of an emergency we will meet at the mailbox. I also explain to her that if I do not show up to the mailbox that she is to stay there until help arrives. DO NOT COME BACK TO THE HOUSE. I explain this because I could have to go out the back door and walk all the way around the property to get to her and if she doesn’t stay there she is causing more danger for our entire family.
- Coloring pages-
If you have smaller children some of these discussions can be overwhelming, scary and just plain hard to understand for them. Try printing out coloring pages and talking about the pictures. One thing that worked when my daughter was little is, I drew our escape plan and let her color it. As she colored each room, the yard etc. we discussed what the different paths looked like. This also prompted us to go around the house and spot all the fire extinguishers. This was an easy way for her to understand and comprehend our safety plan.
These are just some ideas on how to make sure that our community and your family are prepared in the case of an emergency. Here at SERVPRO® of Charles County and SERVPRO® of Oxon Hill we find it most important to try and educate our community and be a wealth of knowledge. If 2020 has taught us one thing it is that safety, health, family and community are especially important in times of crisis, and we want to be a vital part of each one!
If you need help, have questions or have experienced damage to your home, please do not hesitate to contact us immediately. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year! Someone from our office is always Here to Help!
SERVPRO® of Charles County
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