On the heels of winter and the thought of space heaters and electric blankets, household fires are fresh in my mind. Here in Kansas City there have been multiple house fires with children involved and although hopefully warmer weather is on the way, there are a few thoughts to keep in mind — did you know that some children can't distinguish a smoke alarm in their sleep?
The folks at Charles & Hudson reminded us of an important family practice — fire drills. Although we all know they're important and might have run one or two in the past, they mention a survey where many children aged 6-13 couldn't determine the sound of a smoke alarm in their sleep. They can however make out their parents voices so investing in an alarm that allows you to record your voice is suggested.
Making a family plan and even practicing in the middle of the night (or just midnight) can be a sigh of relief to know they know what to do in an emergency. Remember you might not always be able to get to your child, so them knowing what to do and where to go is more important than you might think, there's always the possibility that you won't be able to remove them yourself. More thoughts over at Charles & Hudson.
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