When it comes to having a safe and peaceful community, it is the responsibility of everyone in the community to do their part to keep themselves and others safe. That is why education is so important in a close environment.
In the area of fire safety, every little bit helps. Here are some tips for keeping the community educated and equipped for fire emergencies.
Equip Each Family With a Three Point Fire Safety Checklist
If you are a leader in your HOA community, one of the best things you can do is to provide homes in the association with a three point fire safety checklist that they can go over with their families. The checklist should include these three things:
An Established Escape Plan- Each family should take the time to gather everyone together and discuss an escape plan pertaining to each room of the house with primary and alternate routes. Then, the family should practice the escape plan several times so that in case of an emergency, it can be done without thinking.
A Outside Meeting Place- A meeting place outside the home at a safe distance should be arranged between all of the members of the family, including children. This way, if family members are separated in case of an emergency, they can reunite quickly and safely.
Smoke Detectors that Function and are Regularly Checked- The National Fire Protection Association states that three out of five fire fatalities are the result of faulty or non-functioning smoke detectors. Therefore, it is important for each family to set a schedule for when they will check and service their smoke detectors.
Involve the Children
Children can be a great asset when it comes to fire safety in the community. With minds like sponges, and a great deal of enthusiasm, bringing fire safety education to the youth is a wonderful way to boost safety in your community. Get together with the leadership of local schools, and create fun and educational fire safety programs for children to participate in at school. Kids who are educated are more likely to reach out to their parents to remind them to check the smoke alarms or go over a safety plan.
Reach Out to the Local Fire Department
Local Fire Departments are always a big help when it comes to education. With a full arsenal of educational tools at their disposal, they are always ready to help organize a community fire safety event. In addition to having programs built for schools, many fire departments also have programs for families and older adults. These programs can be fun as well as informative such as fire prevention trailers or firefighting events.
When thinking about fire safety in your community, it is important to be both proactive and creative. Families are more likely to listen and be engaged if the information is presented in a fun and family-friendly way. The time spent reaching out to the neighborhood will be time well spent as most fires, and deaths and injuries related to fires, are preventable with a little education.