When little ones enter your life, whether they belong to you or enter the picture when a friend or family member visits your home from time to time, it’s usually a good idea to do a fire safety review as they reach different milestones.
Admittedly, as a parent of two young children and someone who works for a fire safety organization I might be a little sensitive to fire-safety issues in general, but I am still amazed at how many situations call for special attention to keep little ones safe from fire. Lately, it seems like we are cooking more than ever with two extra mouths to feed and I often think back to when my daughter began crawling and walking - we were mindful about keeping a “kid-free zone” of at least three feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried. I often think of how glad I am that we established this “rule” when she was very young because it has really paid off now that she’s a fast-moving two-and-a-half year old with little hands exploring everywhere. Children have all sorts of different needs at differnt stages of development. I'm quickly learning first-hand that taking a fresh look at fire safety tips and how they apply to your kids at differnet stages can be valuable.
Learn more about keeping your community and family cooking safely. For older kids that might be interested in helping out with cooking, check out the learning link on www.sparky.org/parents for cooking age recommendations.