This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. All opinions are 100% mine.
Do you remember in elementary and high school when they would have us students do fire drills and even evacuation drills? If you have kids in school, they’re still doing them at school.
But let me ask you this: would your kids know what to do at home?
What if the fire alarm went off and you were in the back yard and your kids were inside, would they know what to do?
Make Safe Happen in the Home
Make Safe Happen is a program dedicated to reducing accidental injury, which is the leading cause of death for children. October 15, 2016 is part of the Make Safe Happen day for a Home Fire Drill Day.
Join Nationwide, on Saturday, October 15, 2016, with members of the Make Safe Happen Advisory Council for the new national observance day: Home Fire Drill Day. Families across the country are encouraged to practice their home fire drills, ensuring that American families –especially children – know the escape plan and are prepared in the event of a home fire.
Did you know? Only approximately half of parents surveyed (55 percent) said their children know what to do in the event of a home fire (Nationwide). This is scary since 9 out of 10 structure fires actually occur in the home (National Fire Protection Association). And, scary as it is, more than 8 in 10 fire-related deaths result from home fires (SafeKids Worldwide). As a parent, let’s look at what it means for kids to be safe in the home.
Home Fire Drill Day is one day out of the year to help prepare your family for a scary event: a home fire.
We need to all be prepared for something that is both scary and potentially tragic. Let’s ask a tough question: Do you have a Fire Escape Plan? Do your kids know where to go and what to do if their “first” plan has too much smoke or too much fire? I know that many people have smoke detectors because “code” requires them to be installed when you buy or a rent a home, but do they work? Are they in the right place?
I was happy to see this smoke alarm check list.
This video is encouraging us parents to practice a home fire drill with our kids because “you’ve only got 2 minutes to escape a home fire”
You can also download the Make Safe Happen app on your iPhone or Android phone to help you make your home safer with room-to-room safety checklists and links to recommended products as well as features to help yo create to-do lists, set reminders and track your progress.
So on October 15th, make safe happen by practicing your family’s fire drill. Practice until you all can get to your safety spot in two minutes or less!