Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
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Fire Safety for Children


Fires and burns are the third leading cause of unintentional death among children ages 1 to 14. Every year approximately 116,600 children ages 14 and under are injured in residential fires. A small fire can grow rapidly in to a deadly one

Review the following tips to help prevent fires and protect your children.

Smoke alarms

  • Smoke alarms are essential. They should be placed in every level of your house, outside every sleep area, and in every bedroom.
  • Test your smoke alarms every month. Replace their batteries once a year, regardless of whether the alarm is hardwired. Some newer models include permanent batteries that will last 10 years.
  • Replace any smoke alarm after 10 years, regardless of how it is powered.
  • Mount smoke alarms high on walls or ceilings. Ceiling-mounted smoke alarms should be installed at least 4 inches away from the nearest wall. Wall-mounted smoke alarms should be installed 4 to 12 inches away from the ceiling.
  • Children or adults with hearing problems should have specially adapted smoke detectors with flashing strobe lights and vibration.

Fire prevention

  • Your child should never play with matches, gasoline, lighters, or candles.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire away from your stovetop. Never leave the kitchen while cooking.
  • Store all flammable liquids such as gasoline outside your home.
  • Have chimneys cleaned and inspected once a year.

Emergency preparedness

  • Plan and practice two escape routes out of each room of your home - a door and a window.
  • Practice fire drills at least twice a year at your home.
  • Teach your child to recognize the sound of the smoke alarm and react to it.
  • Teach your child to never go back into a burning building for any reason.
  • Teach your child to call 911 from a neighbor's home or cell phone outside.
  • Teach your child to stop, drop, and roll if their clothes catch fire.

Need emergency preparedness equipment for your home? Visit the Champ's Corner Store at Children's Hospital!

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Last Edited: October 28, 2016
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