Parents want to feel secure when they entrust their children’s safety to a caretaker such as a babysitter. […]
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The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) states that 8 out of 10 fire deaths happen in the home, with the majority occurring late at night. Before you allow your child to sleep over at a friend’s house, discuss the importance of knowing how to escape from a fire wherever you are, including friends’ homes. If you don’t know for certain that the friend’s home is equipped with working smoke alarms, and that the sleepover will be supervised by an adult, don’t take the risk; reverse the invitation, have the sleepover at your own home and make sure that your visitors know your home’s fire escape plan.
Before you make decisions about your child’s slumber parties and sleepovers, ask yourself the following questions:
Ask the parents of your child’s friend:
The answers you get to these questions can either uncover serious fire hazards or give you peace of mind during your child’s sleepover, but they should help you make the best decision.
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