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Important message from WA State Fire Marshal for parents

Children are at significant risk in fire situations.

More than 400 children under the age of 10 die in home fires every year in the US. Fires and burns are one of the leading causes of death for children under 15 years of age. Children may not be able to escape a fire on their own. or understand the danger of exposure. A child’s ability to escape may depend on other occupants.

In 2022, three children under the age of 12 died from fire in Washington state.

Preventing fires in the home is key to keeping children safe. It is important that families have a plan of action in the event of a fire in the home. The State Fire Marshal’s Office in Olympia offers tips to protect children from fire:

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• Designate 2 exits from each room.
• Make sure windows are functional.
• Show your children how to check doors to see if they are warm and how to find another way out.
• If a smoke alarm goes off, have children go outside and stay outside until an adult says it is safe to go back inside.
• Stay away from hot things.
•Do not touch matches or lighters.
• Let them know that firefighters are “community helpers” and that they wear special equipment to protect them from fire.
• Practice escape plans at least twice a year.
• Families should conduct fire drills and change areas affected by fire.

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