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Over the summer, we were in Philadelphia exploring the area around our hotel when we stumbled upon a fire station. Of course, the kids wanted to check out the fire truck so we asked the firefighters if it was okay with them.
They were kind enough to let the kids play around for a bit and patient enough to answer my daughter’s many questions about their job. Teaching kids about fire safety can be challenging, so I made a note to talk to her more when we got back home. So far, we’ve talked about the importance of listening for instructions if a smoke alarm sounds.
This weekend, I approached the topic again over crayons and coloring pages. I’ve found this to be an effective way to talk about difficult topics by the suggestion of a Facebook friend. I wanted to go a bit deeper and share my own experience. A fire that started in my neighbors home spread quickly over to my apartment and costed me almost everything that I owned, only a week before Christmas while I was in college.
I thought telling my daughter about this would really give her the insight on the importance of preparedness, but I found myself so overwhelmed with emotion, I couldn’t share my story. Actually, I also planned to share my experience here, but again I got too emotional writing and decided that this isn’t the right time. These deep emotions more than 10 years after that experience makes it clear to me the importance of fire safety. Everything from that day is a blur, but I don’t remember hearing our smoke detector. Luckily, my roommate was at home that day and alerted me. According to National Fire Protection Association, on the average most families have less than 3 minutes from the time the first smoke alarm sounds to escape a fire. That’s why we must be prepared and ensure that our smoke alarm is functioning properly.
Since I have one million things to remember, I like to put a reminder in my phone and on my Google calendar to change my batteries in my smoke detectors when I change my clock. The good thing about talking to The Princess Fairy about this is that she is a great accountability partner and she would make sure to remind me and ask a ton of questions if I fail to change the batteries.
I stocked up on Energizer® batteries at Walmart, I wanted to use Energizer® batteries because I am a huge fan of their Change Your Clock Change Your Battery™ program. The goal of the program is to change behavior and save lives. Since the program’s inception 28 years ago, they’ve donated more than 5 million batteries in coordination with local fire departments to ensure more families have working smoke alarms. This is very important because 71% of non-functioning smoke alarms had missing, disconnected or dead batteries.
I wanted to share all of this very personal story to encourage you to join me in spreading “positivenergy™” and adopt this simple life-saving habit: When you change the time on your clocks on Nov. 1, change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. You can download the coloring and activity printables for your kids here. Also, make sure to share it on social media and encourage your friends and family to do so, too. Together, we may save some lives.
Do you have any creative ways that you use to teach your kids about fire safety?