Fire Safety First – Printable for Your Family Binder

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Right before our first anniversary, Josh and I bought our first home.  It was cute and perfect for the two (and a half, I was pregnant with our oldest) of us.  By the time our youngest came along we had outgrown it.  I spent a couple of years searching for the perfect second home and was so grateful for the move to a larger, more suitable house for the five of us.  We moved in, set up house and started to get settled.  About six months later we got the scare of our lives when police officers ordered mandatory evacuations in our neighborhood because of a growing brush fire that was way too close to our dream home.   I gathered what I could and packed up the car to leave our perfect-for-us home.  Luckily we were able to return to our home despite the ash and smoke filled air later that same day.  But every October fires pop up in my area.  It’s scary.

What would you grab if you had to evacuate?  Would you be prepared?
The Home Depot in partnership with Kidde products and Life+Gear Light Nights contacted me to be a part of Fire Safety Month and I knew that I could help just a little bit with getting the word out and hopefully help some of you be a little better prepared.

I created this Safety Checklist Printable to add to my family binder:
Simple things you can do to make sure your  family is safe!  Printable Safety Checklist

Download your Safety Checklist to add to your family binder. 
Time to get real- when I created this list, I had ONE thing checked off, my Family Binder.  Other than that, I wasn’t up on my safety like I should’ve been.  I’ll be going through each item over the next several weeks to make sure that our home is safe.   Although I hope I never have to use any of it, I will feel so much better being fully prepared.  Because there is no such thing as being overly prepared, right?
October is Fire Safety Month! Learn more to help protect your family. www.thirtyhandmadedays.comHonestly I didn’t know anything about these fire safety products.  I’m glad I had the chance to read up and learn what each of these items do and why they are needed.  The Kidde Smoke and Carbon Monoxide alarms are maintenance-free and never need battery replacements.  They have an end-of-life signal to let you know when it’s time to replace them.   Kidde Fire Extinguishers can be used for trash, wood, paper, glue, liquid, gas and equipment fires.  (I once set a napkin on fire while cooking…this would have come in handy!)  They have a 6-8 ft discharge and 8-12 second time.   I especially love the Life+Gear Fire Safety Night Lights.  These lights are activated by the sound of your smoke alarm, guiding you to safety in the event of a fire.

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  1. Michelle Harmon says

    I have lost 2 homes to fire , the most important thing to remember to do and teach your kids is it is PITCH BLACK in a night time fire especially You can’t see your own hand in front of your face and SMOKE RISES teach everyone to get down low … crawl out if you have to,

  2. Kim says

    We just went over this last night in our Monday Family Meeting. We really emphasized where we would meet if there was an emergency. And every six months we check our detectors around the house. Our local firemen have helped us with a good way to remember to make that inspection when we change the clocks in the fall and spring.

  3. Sabrina says

    I know my daughter right now is the most concerned with getting a moveable ladder into the upper floor. She just went to the fire station with her class and they watched Pumbaa and Timon give a fire safety speech and this is what she came away with more than anything else. We rent and there are no smoke alarms in our home. We have a carbon monoxide detector and I truly need to get smoke alarms…. :/

  4. says

    We always practice finding the exits, even when the lights are off. And I keep the hallways clear and don’t set things on the stairs (most of the time!), or if I do set things on the stairs, it’s because I’m bringing them up or down during the day. At night, hallways and stairs are clear, in case we have to make an exit without lights.

  5. Idania De Jesus says

    Remember that fire extinguishers have a life span, and should be checked regularly. Also a fire ladder is a must. I live in a 3 story town home with the only exit on the 3rd floor being one bedroom window. Without a fire ladder we would be stuck with no way out if the fire ever occurred in the 2 lower floors.

  6. Dawn Renee' says

    We keep a small fire extinguisher in the kitchen (on wall) a short distance from the stove. Also always make sure a “lid” is handy to cover any grease fires fast (no oxygen, no fuel for the fire).

  7. AmyM says

    We also like to drill that if there’s a fire, GET OUT! And with small kids, it’s important for them to know not to hide from firefighters!

  8. says

    Wow! Fire is scarey! I have posted all about Fire Prevention Week because of a house fire when I lost everything and now I am married to a firefighter! I’ll be sharing this everywhere because it is such an important thing that people be PREPARED!
    I hope you will stop over and read my posts from the week, hopefully you will learn something you don’t already do!

    Take Care!

  9. says

    “Get out and Stay out!” It was fire safety week at my son’s preschool this week and a couple weeks ago at my daughter’s school. They both learned that if there was a fire it was important to get out and stay out and they have been chanting that to me all week long! Love it!