House fires are something we all fear, but not many of us really prepares for them or knows how to respond to a house fire. Sure, we have smoke alarms and a kitchen fire extinguisher, but do we conduct fire drills with our kids, have an emergency ladder and fire emergency kit or a set meeting place once evacuated? I know a mother of six who’s survived not one, but two house fires in which her family lost everything. Twice. But, she and her kids are safe, happy and healthy. No one advocates for fire safety like a survivor!
We don’t have a two story house and my kids are so little that I’d have to personally help them out of the house, so I haven’t thought a lot about teaching fire safety or how to get out. When given the opportunity to review a Boltwell Fire Kit (B*451) I was excited. I don’t need a ladder in this house, but the other items were things I’d never think to have on hand!
What should be in your fire kit?
Fire extinguisher – of course! Everyone should have one in their kitchen, but it’s also good to have them in other areas like the laundry room, garage and anywhere you use candles on a regular basis.
Masks. This is one thing I never really thought of having on hand, but a little thought has changed my mind. As a parent of littles I can’t just get out quick… I have to go find and help them first which means prolonged time in a smoke-filled house. Just like the instructions for oxygen masks on a plane, it’s paramount that the adult put on their mask first. If you’re choking on smoke and unable to breathe you won’t be any help to your kids. Put on a mask.
Non-Vented Safety Goggles. Seriously. Never thought of protection for my eyes. And non-vented to keep out the smoke so I can actually SEE? Brilliant. Mask first. Then goggles.
Whistles. Make sure the kids have one and know where it is and you have one too. This way if the house is full of smoke you can follow the sound to find one another.
Lights. Flashlights are good. Headlamps that will leave you hands free are better. Get something very bright.
Ladder. If your house has more than one story or your windows are too high to crawl out of safely, have a ladder in an easy to access place, preferably near your bedrooms.
The Boltwell B*451 Fire Kit
This kit has it all! It comes with a fire safety ladder, one extinguisher and two each of the headlamps, masks, goggles and whistles. You can then purchase additional personal items for each person in your family.
Boltwell sells all kinds of emergency preparedness kits that come with everything you’ll need for unexpected roadside car troubles, house fires, etc. Their base kit is very good and I love that you can purchase addons for specific events like hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes and bio-hazards. This way you can build a kit specific to your family’s needs and location. You can even get a kit for your pets! For a busy mom like myself, having the kits ready-made and being able to just order it and not worry about whether I have everything I need is a real lifesaver.
Fire Safety Tips
- Have an evacuation plan. Go over it again and again with your whole family.
- Know how to turn off your electric circuit breakers in case of a fire.
- Keep pathways clear.
- Have smoke an Co2 alarms in your house and make sure your kids know what they sound like and what to do when they go off.
- Have a fire extinguisher (or 2 or 3) and make sure it’s rated for homes and puts out all kinds of fires.
- Have a fire safe lock box to store all your important documents.
Boltwell sent my family a fire kit to review. I’m extremely impressed and proud to share this amazing brand and convenient product with you!