Millions of children care for themselves after school while both parents' work. All children should learn fire safety precautions, but these kids that are "home alone" need to be taught how to protect themselves from fire. The Villa Park Fire Department wants parents to remind their children of these basic fire-safety tips:
- Be extremely careful when cooking, even with the microwave.
- Leave matches and cigarette lighters alone.
- If clothes catch fire-stop, drop and roll!
- If burned with something hot, cool burn with cold water (never anything greasy) and call 9-1-1.
- If a fire starts, leave the house immediately and call 9-1-1 from a neighbor's house.
If you would like help in teaching your child about fire safety, contact the Public Education Division at the Villa Park Fire Department at 630-833-5350, and have a safe school year.
9-1-1 Instructions for Children
Remind your children to call 9-1-1 for any type of emergency. 9-1-1 is your child's fastest link to help; police, fire, and medical.
Teach your children the following information so they can respond to questions from the 9-1-1 dispatcher like:
- Your Name
- Your Address
- Your Phone Number
- What's wrong?
- Is there an adult in the house?
- How old are you?
Your child should stay on the line until the dispatcher tells him or her to hang-up. Trained paramedics and police are ready to respond to your emergency.