As a nanny you can take preventive measures to reduce the risk of fire related injuries to the children in your care. While smoking causes health ailments for both the smoker and the children who are exposed to passive smoke, hot ashes can fall onto a child and cigarettes that aren’t properly extinguished can cause a fire. Nannies should never smoke when caring for children.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, more than one-third of home fire deaths occurred in homes with no working smoke detectors. Having working smoke detectors on each floor of the home and testing the batteries each month can give you the time you need to safely escape a home fire. Since space heaters account for one-third of home heating fires, eliminate the risks associated with them by not using them in homes with children. Nannies should be careful not to overload electrical outlets as overloaded outlets can also cause fires.
While comfort is important for infants, opt for flame-resistant clothing or clothing made without synthetic materials (like polyester). If a spark ignites flame-resistant fabrics, the fabric will not melt onto the infant’s skin. When choosing sleepwear for infants and children opt for pajamas that fit snugly. A snug fit will minimize the air space between the clothing and child and prevent the flow of oxygen should the sleepwear catch on fire.