|Updated: 4/18/2007 9:11 am
||Published: 4/18/2007 9:11 am
Every childcare provider needs a plan in case of fires. This plan should include a posted map marking exits and routes for evacuation. Another important part of the plan is preparing children for these emergencies. Children should be taught how to line up for orderly exit and to quickly respond to a roll call during the procedure. When children have rehearsed proper behavior, they're more likely to escape a situation safely. Caregivers should tell children to always remain calm in the emergency, because the danger increases if people run, shout, or push one another. Children should know which exit they're expected to take, and where they should assemble once they're outside the building. It's a good idea for assistants to lead the children, because the teacher in charge should be the last one out of the room. It's very important to instruct students to not try to return to the building for anything-- pets, jackets, or even friends. Remind them this will be the firefighters' responsibility. Caregivers should rehearse with children how to avoid breathing any smoke by crawling beneath it. Ask your child's caregiver to outline the plan in case of fires. It's also a good idea to inquire how often children are drilled on proper behavior.