While fire prevention and safety are important all year round, National Fire Prevention Week (October 9 – 15) is a valuable reminder to take the proper precautions to keep your family safe from fires.
The Kohl’s Cares program at Lurie Children’s – an ongoing initiative focused on increasing awareness and reducing risk factors that threaten the safety of our children in homes, neighborhoods, schools and communities – offers these tips:
- Install working smoke detectors on every level of your home and in every sleeping area. Properly installed and maintained smoke alarms are considered to be one of the best and least expensive means of providing an early warning and reduce the chance of dying in a fire by 50%.
- Teach kids how to respond to the sound of a smoke alarm. Guide them to get low to the ground and evacuate the house as quickly as possible when they hear the alarm.
- Keep matches and lighters away from all children. Store them in a safe and secure place that your child won’t have access to.
- Practice a home escape plan in case of a fire. Kids should know at least two ways out of every room in the event of a fire.
- Never leave hot stovetops, ovens or burning candles unattended.
As part of Fire Prevention Week, Lurie Children’s and Kohl’s will also be handing out smoke detectors to Town of Cicero residents on Tuesday, October 11, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Town of Cicero fire station. To learn more about the Kohl’s Cares program at Lurie Children’s, visit luriechildrens.org/kohlscares.