July 13, 2005
Health Tip: Hold Family Fire Drills
Teach your kids how to respond
(HealthDayNews) -- You may know what to do if a fire breaks out in your home, but do your kids?
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia suggests you:
- Make sure your kids know an escape route, as well as an alternate way out of the house.
- Practice fire drills at home.
- Teach your kids how to "stop, drop and roll" if their clothes catch fire.
- Tell them to crouch low, below the smoke, and crawl to safety.
- Teach them that if a doorknob's hot, they're not to open the door. A hot knob usually means fire in the room behind.
- Emphasize that once they've left a burning building, they must not return to it until the fire's put out.
- Teach them what to expect from firefighters and not to hide from rescue workers. Firefighters dressed in their garb can be a scary sight for some kids.