My youngest and I were recently walking home from school. He was chatting about his life when he is an adult (he has plans i tell you, plans!). He had decided that he no longer wanted to have a two story house, because it would be harder to get out of if there was a fire.

It got us talking about fire safety. He reminded me we have not talked about our family safety plans in a while.

So we are going to tackle that again this coming week and I thought I might share what we do and some links in case you want to think about this with your family.

Every six months or so we have a bit of a family chat about what to do in certain situations. This conversation usually covers fire, earthquake, medical emergencies etc.


But today FIRE.


I usually draw up a bit of a house map. Show them where our smoke alarms are (and change the batteries).

We talk about where we might find a fire, and what escape route to use in that instance.

We talk about where we would meet if we have to climb out windows, what neighbour to go to if they need to call 111.

I also let the kids (well the youngest is the most into this now) show me how they can climb out their window.



Get out stay out game from the New Zealand fire service HERE

Smoke alarm information HERE.

The New Zealand fire service also has a youtube channel HERE.

Fire safety advice HERE (I’m going to admit there are a few areas I am needed to improve after reading this).

There are some good printables and resources on this site for free HERE.


I know these conversations can be a bit scary for little ones.

And I certainly don’t want you to scare your kiddos. But it is so important to have a family plan for what to do in emergencies.

Only go into as much detail as you thin they can understand and cope with.

Let them see you change batteries in smoke alarms, let them see you be prepared as that opens up conversation.


Being prepared saves lives







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