The Importance of Teaching Children Fire Safety in Your Arizona Home

By on November 7, 2012

Although we hope to never need one, creating a fire safety plan for our homes can help keep us safe and ensure that the whole family makes it out alive if ever there is a fire. Just ask second grade student Nathaniel Cutting, who was recently given an award by the Tucson Fire Department for helping his family escape safely when a fire broke out in their home.

During the fire, seven-year-old Cutting helped his babysitter and sisters get out of the house and get to their neighbor's residence, which was the family's designated emergency meeting place. "I woke up to the smoke alarm," Cutting told KMSB-TV. "I went to wake everyone up and I just brought them outside." One of the reasons credited for Cutting's awareness, bravery and leadership during the the fire at his family's home was a fire safety program he had recently been through at school.

Serious injuries can quickly result from a home or other building fire if evacuation procedures aren't known by those inside a burning structure. Burn injuries can have serious and lifelong consequences.

Fire Safety Tips to Keep Your Family Safe in Case of an Arizona Home Fire

By creating a fire safety or evacuation plan for your home, you can prepare the whole family to get out safely if there is a fire. The following tips can help you create a safety plan that is easy for children to understand:

  • Make a sketch of your house, based on its floor plan, and draw a line to illustrate the safest routes to leave the house from each room.
  • Everyone should be given a task that they are responsible for during a fire — such as calling 911. Young children should not be assigned anything other than getting themselves outside to safety.
  • Teach children that they shouldn't try to save their personal belongings, like toys, during a fire.
  • Choose a place outside of the home where each member of the family can meet after they have safely evacuated a burning home.
  • Plan to have drills so that children know what they are supposed to do in the event of a real fire.

According to the United States Fire Administration, cooking- and heating-related events accounted for over 200,000 home fires in 2009. While Arizona is below the national average of fire-related deaths, any time a preventable fire takes the life of an adult, teen or child throughout Tucson, there is room for improvement.

Being prepared for a fire in your home by creating an escape plan as well as preventing a fire in your home by maintaining working smoke detectors can go a long way toward protecting your family and any guests. If you have been injured in a fire, whether at your home or the home of another, you may have a right to compensation for your injuries and medical expenses. An Arizona premises liability lawyer can explain your options.