Safety For Children
- Buy nightwear made with fire-resistant material; and
- Close-fitting clothes made from tightly woven wool are much safer around fires and heaters than loose-fitting and loosely-woven garments.
Stop, drop, rock and roll
- Teach your children to Stop, Drop, Rock and Roll in the event their clothes catch fire.
• Stop - put your hands over your face
• Drop - gently drop to the ground
• Rock n Roll - rock and roll back and forth on the ground until clothes stop burning
- This will smother the flames while protecting their face and respiratory tract from flames and rising heat.
- Warn your children that playing with matches is dangerous and forbidden; and
- Place matches out of children's reach and sight.
- Place a list of emergency numbers near the phone;
- Go through the numbers with your children as soon as they are old enough to understand; and
- Information on calling "000" can be found on the last page of this brochure.
Home Escape Plan
- Involve your children in developing a fire escape plan;
- Practice the routine at least twice per year so that they know exactly what to do in an emergency;
- Crawl low if caught in smoke;
- Once Out - Stay Out! at a safe designated meeting place (e.g. the letterbox); and
- Reassure children that pets can save themselves and the safest place is outside.