Family Fire Safety Panic, Plan & GIVEAWAY

Family Fire Safety Panic, Plan & GIVEAWAY

We recently moved to a new house and PickyKidPix and Grasshopper and Sensei — our two girls ages 12 and 14 — share the attic. At our old house, I was careful to buy fire escape ladders with hooks at the top that hang over the window sill. They were very sturdy but they took up a  lot of room and it was only a two-story ladder. Since the girls are on the third floor, their old fire escape ladders are now too short and I hadn’t gotten around to buying them new ones.

Fire Safety Ladder Conundrum

In my mind, I hadn’t figured out all the logistics:

  • If two-story ladders take up 1 foot of space, won’t three-story ladders be too huge to store?
  • Do we really need three-story ladders or will two-story ladders land them on some sort of outcropping on roof a floor below?
  • I wonder if PickyKidPix would use the ladder to sneak out at night when she’s a tad older?
  • Where do these ladders go?
  • Do I need one or two?

Two weeks ago, the girls rioted with an emotional outburst that combined both disbelief and outrage. “Why don’t we have fire escape ladders, mom?! Do you want us to DIE in a fire?!!!”

Sheesh! Sometimes, my girls can be so dramatic and downright paranoid! (I think it comes from my side of the family.)

So, in a panic and under emotional duress, I ordered the least expensive three-story fire escape ladders I could find and I ended up with these:

Family Fire Safety Panic and Plan

The 3 story fire escape ladder promises that it is tangle proof and compact to store. 

Family Fire Safety Panic and Plan

Now that the hard decisions have been made, it’s time for the easy stuff.

Change Your Clock Change Your Battery

change your clock change your battery, fire safety awareness

Change your clock for Daylight Savings Time on Sunday, November 2nd, and while you are at it, change the batteries for your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

change your clock change your battery, fire safety awareness

It’s a message that Energizer® has worked hard along with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) to keep families safe.  Change Your Clock Change Your Battery® program (CYCCYB). Energizer® and the IAFC is a simple, life-saving habit of changing and testing the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors when setting the clocks back for daylight saving time.

A few extra seconds can make all the difference when trying to escape safely during a fire.The National Fire Protection Association reports that 71% of smoke alarms which failed to operate had missing, disconnected or dead batteries, making it important to take this time each year to check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. To help give more families those critical seconds, Energizer® is donating a quarter of a million batteries this fall to fire departments across the country to distribute to families in their communities.

Energizer has other great resources to teach kids about Fire Safety:


Our Fire Safety Plan

1) Buy fire escape ladders for each floor.

Family Fire Safety Panic and Plan

2) Make sure the kids know where the ladders are.

Family Fire Safety Panic and Plan

My daughter is storing her fire escape ladder in the bench seat. Of course, there isn’t enough sill to hook the ladder on this window.

3) Teach everyone how to secure ladders and where to place them for escape.

Family Fire Safety Panic and Plan

My daughter will have to use this window to escape from a fire. The ladder will hook off this window.

4) Family Fire Drill. What to do and where to go.

5) Change the batteries for smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

It’s a simple easy habit to make sure your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are in working order. And it’s easier than deciding what fire escape ladder to buy.


Fire Safety Kit Giveaway: 2 Winners!

How about you? What is your family fire safety plan?  To help my readers construct their fire safety plan, I’m doing a giveaway! Two winners will receive their own fire safety kit. You just need to add in the fire drill! Please enter the Rafflecopter below to win.

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• Smoke Detector
• 2 pack 9V Energizer® batteries
• 12-inch Energizer® Bunny
• Energizer® foam bunny ears
• Coloring Book
• Journal
• Pen

Family Fire Safety Panic, Plan & GIVEAWAY

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. Thanks for sharing these valuable tips and reminders. Sometimes we take the most important things for granted.

  2. Denise Taylor-Dennis

    I have just started talking to my son about what to do in the case of a fire.

  3. Heather S

    Yes we do have a plan and fortunately our home is one story, so no ladders needed!

  4. We do have a plan, but we could use some ladders like the ones you have!
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  5. Interesting fire safety guide. You have planned everything and get them organized so well. I am ashamed with what you have done for your family. That\’s great.One thing that I would like ask you is how many times do you exercise this family fire drill? And long does it take?Do you involve fire department in this drill? Or do you involve your neighbor?Thanks

    • Hi Lukman,
      I need to conduct a family fire drill. So far, we haven’t done it. I think it would take about 15 minutes to plan it, talk about it and do it. We would not involve the fire department or the neighbors though we would tell our kids what house to wait at. At our old house, we had a plan for which neighbor’s house to go to and the fire department was around the corner.
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  6. livivua

    yes we do…it is almost the season for a lot of housefires

  7. I\’m so happy that I read this article! I have been trying to teach my little girl about fire safety. It can be an interesting topic. At the same time, it is a very important topic in the event of an emergency. I found it interesting that you suggested escape ladders. That is something that I have never thought of doing before. I\’ll have to explore my options and find the best one for my home. Do you have any other articles here about fire safety?

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