Fire Prevention for Babies
When preparing your home for your baby, don't forget basic safety measures, including installing smoke alarms on every level of your home and in every sleeping area. Here are a few other ideas.
Top Safety Tips
- Create and practice a home fire escape plan with two escape routes out of each room of the house. Here's a handy worksheet to help get you started.
- Designate one person to get infants and small children out safely. Have a backup plan for young children just in case the primary person is overcome by smoke.
- Remember to keep space heaters at least three feet away from anything that can burn, and always closely supervise children and pets when a heater is turned on. Make sure you turn heaters off when you leave the room.
- It's tempting to carry your baby in your arms or in a baby sling, but don't hold a baby while carrying anything hot or when cooking on the stove.
- To prevent possible fires, avoid plugging several appliance cords into the same electrical socket.
- If using gasoline-powered devices, store gasoline in a locked location where children cannot access it. Keep only small quantities in an approved container that has child safety features.