Safe Kids Carroll County urges parents and caregivers to make a household New Year’s resolution to hold fire drills at home until everyone knows how to get out safely in an emergency.
Fire is especially dangerous to young children — ages 5 and under. They don’t recognize the danger and don’t know how to react. Every year, dozens of children die while trying to escape from fires.
Plan and practice several different escape routes from each room, and identify a safe place to meet outside. Teach children never to go back into a burning building, and to call the fire department from a neighbor’s home or a cell phone outside the home.
Cooking is the leading cause of home structure fires and home fire injuries.
Kitchens are the leading area of origin for home structure fires (42 percent) and civilian home fire injuries (37 percent).