When your doing a fire drill with your family, it’s because you love them and want them to be prepared. You show them what to do when they hear the alarm, how to crawl, where to exit, and where to meet up after they get outside. After practice you feel a sense of security that your little ones (and not so little ones) can do the drill in seconds! You praise your children and yourself for preparing them. What if I told you that what you’ve been doing might not even matter?
The conversation usually starts with “when you hear the smoke alarm beeping….”
78% of children can’t hear the decibel of the smoke alarm while asleep!
(Of the 22% that do, only 11% of those are alert enough to recognize it as a smoke alarm and evacuate as practiced in fire drills.)
So…. should your fire drill conversation star with “when you hear the smoke alarm beeping…”
Or…. maybe you should say “When I wake you up and you hear the smoke alarm….”
You might not be able to get to them, so this doesn’t work either….
As a general rule of thumb, fire safety experts say that you have less than 2 minutes to get out of a fire. After that, your chances of escape and survival are grim.
It takes an average sized house only 5 minutes to be completely engulfed.
So… HOW DO WE PROTECT OUR CHILDREN?????
One company has come up with a solution of using voice recognition inside the smoke alarms to wake kids up.
This leads us to the question:
WHY DON’T KIDS HEAR THE ALARMS WHEN THEY ARE ASLEEP?
Children spend twice as long as adults in deep sleep. Their patterns are different. The younger you are, the more melatonin plasma levels you have (melatonin induces sleep).
Here is a video that shows a demonstration of a fire drill, in the middle of the night and how kids don’t wake up to them.