Thursday, May 23, 2013

Fire Safety Tips for Kids Are Essential Since There are 44,000 House Fires Annually


As a mom who has written about characters like Sparky the Fire Dog and fire safety education for kids before, I can't stress this enough. Each year hundreds of children fall victim to avoidable electrical mishaps. In fact children and parents have become so accustomed to electronics that they too often forget the physical dangers associated with them, such as overcrowded outlets, frayed wires, using devices near water, leaving electronics on unattended for long periods of time and more.

One of my triplets visits our local Fire House Station
The sad statistics about family electrical safety hazards speak volumes
  • On average, 496 children ages 14 and younger die due to an unintentional fire of burn-related injury
  • Electrical failures are the cause of almost 44,000 home fires annually
  • Each year, fires caused by electrical failures result in $1.47 billion in property damage
According to Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) tragedies such as these can be minimized and even avoided simply by educating children as well as their parents and other caregivers about fire prevention.  

To spread the word on fire safety, ESFI hosts a wonderful Kids Corner on their site where your kids can learn through free cartoons and fun games how to be safe and avoid electrical fires and what to do if a blaze unfortunately breaks out. There is also a parent and teacher section with additional resources.

Here's just one example of the many really cute and informative interactive Kids Corner cartoons you and your child will discover. This one is about smoke alarms and it talks to little ones about proper usage and maintenance of smoke alarms as well as what to do if one starts beeping in case there is a real fire.


We can't do enough to protect our children while they are growing up. Safety lessons in general and fire prevention in particular are definitely important agenda items in your imaginary parenting manual that was supposed to come with your child when he or she was first born. The ESFI Kids Corner will help you be the best parent you can be. It's free and informative, so why not take advantage of it?

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