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Both the East and the West coast are experiencing dryer than normal conditions. Fire warnings have popped up throughout the year without any apparent respites. Now Southern California has a major fire near Santa Barbara and it’s in the middle of spring! Fire awareness is always a necessity and it’s even more important with all these dangerous conditions.
As caregivers, we have a double duty to be careful ourselves as well as watching out for those we care for . We learned from close friends that all it takes is one cigarette in the wrong place to wipe out half an apartment complex. I found an article about two grandkids playing with matches they found at grandpa’s which started a fire causing major damages to the home. Fires happen! It’s so important to be prepared.
Use this article as your motivator to start a conversation with your aging parents, especially if one or both smoke or use candles . Remind them about important safety issues in a casual, non-confrontive, gentle manner and help them check to make sure their smoke alarms all have working batteries. If they can’t remember when the batteries were last changed, it’s probably time to change them.
Sit down with your grandkids and read a story or two or more about fire safety together . West Covina, CA has an excellent Fire Safety Coloring book you can print out and read to them, then let them color it. It looks especially good for younger toddlers. The New York City fire department has an expanded 20-page FDNY Fire Safety Activity and Coloring book with some fun word games, more specific information, and even an honorary fire fighter certificate in the back. They offer you a choice of a PDF version or a lower quality non-PDF if you prefer. I’m looking forward to using both the West Covina and the New York City versions with my grandkids. They’ll really enjoy them. Many of our grandkids may already have heard this in school. That’s OK. The more they hear it, the more it will get deep inside them in case of an actual emergency.
Finally, don’t forget about yourself. You need to spend a few minutes thinking through what you need to do in case of a fire . I like to try to remember to keep my glasses, keys, and purse all together and in a place where they’re easy to grab. You also need to have a plan for any aging parent or grandkid who lives with you or visits often. Share with your family your ideas on good meeting places in case you get separated. Also, don’t forget about your computer. As I’ve mentioned before, if you have irreplaceable documents on your computer, such as photos, tax returns, caregiving medical records , etc., it would be wise to make a backup of them and store them away from your home.
Having a father who was a retired firefighter has helped keep these tips at the forefront of my mind . I’m so grateful I’ve never needed them, but we don’t know what tomorrow will bring. It’s important to be prepared, especially when we have others, like aging parents and grandkids, who depend on us!
Fun Mother’s Day News:
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Thank yous go to Julie at Surrendered Scribe for another interesting edition of the Current Event News Meme . Be sure to visit Surrendered Scribe to find more interesting news articles!