Monday, August 1, 2011

Family Safety Meeting

Every Year before school starts we have our annual family safety meeting.

Since school is just around the corner, I decided to go ahead and do it today.

This just goes over all the action plans for the kids if something were to happen.

Here are all the things that we cover:

Tornado Drill
How to get out in case of fire
Where to go in case of fire
Check Fire alarms and extinguishers
Calling 911
Check out the emergency box

Tornado Drill

Our tornado drill is pretty simple. Because of some really bad storms this past spring, the kids are pretty well updated on the tornado drill. We practice anyways.

Our "spot" is in the linen closet in the hallway. We talk about why that is the go to spot. It is in the middle of the house with no glass, windows, and only has towels, blankets, and our emergency box in there so nothing will hurt us if things fell off the shelf.

Fire Drills

I do a drill with each child because they are all located in different areas of the house so the plan is not the same for all of them. I put a lit candle in different places of the house to represent a fire and have them all show me what they would do if a fire were in that place.

We are VERY close to all of our neighbors and that is the only reason I have a meet up place at the neighbors house. If we didn't know the neighbors well, I would tell them to meet at the mailbox or another land mark.

We check all of the batteries and extinguishers at this meeting and new years.

Emergency Box

Our emergency box just has batteries, flash lights, tea light candles, matches, and a small battery radio. This box is mainly for when we lose power. It is in a central location of the house and all the family knows where to find it.

All the kids know how and when to call and when not to call 911. Both of our next door neighbors are police officers and they know how to reach them and the police station.

We also go over our phone number and address so I can be sure that the kids haven't forgotten.

This is the perfect opportunity to go over stranger danger with your kids!
Thanks to the tip Jill!


Yes! Yolanda said...

So glad you posted this! We all need to do this & the candles/rooms with fire- such a great idea! Thanks!

Jill said...

This is a great thing to do before school starts. Have you considered adding "stranger safety" to this safety review? Things like don't talk to strangers, what to do if someone approaches you, a secret family phrase in case mom and dad need to have someone else pick the kids up (from school or an extracurricular activity) that the children don't really know. We've had some scary situations in our city recently of strangers talking to children in school yards, so the issue is pretty fresh in my mind. I love that you take your family's safety seriously.

Lexie Loo & Dylan Too said...

That's a wonderful idea! I really need to do a fire drill with my kids!

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

I know that you have so many blog parties to choose from so thank you for choosing Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop. This post is added to the party blast! Enjoy the rest of the week :)

Jenn Erickson said...

Such a smart and wonderful idea! I'm featuring your post in tomorrow's "A Little Birdie Told Me..."! Thanks for linking up!


More Than A Mom said...

Thanks for these great tips! I like that it is annual so you can update your Emergency box if it was food too.

Julie Hunt said...

I found you on Pinterest while pinning things for our Safety Board! What a great idea for an annual family safety meeting. I'm from Oklahoma and tornadoes are a BIG DEAL out there! I try to teach kids how to take care of themselves without being afraid. Thanks for writing this blog.
Julie Hunt