Is Your Family Prepared for a Fire?

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Home fires are not uncommon and can spread shockingly quickly. By planning safety drills, you can potentially save your loved ones' lives.
Air Date: 1/22/14
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Corinn Cross, MD
dr cori crossDr. Corinn Cross was born and raised in New Jersey. She attended Barnard College where she graduated cum laude and majored in philosophy. She went on to attend the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, NJ, where she was selected for the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. Dr. Cross did her internship and residency in pediatrics at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Cross has continued to work at CHLA as a general pediatrics attending.

Dr. Cross is actively involved in her local AAP, Chapter 2, where she is an obesity champion. She is co-founder of the Fit to Play and Learn Obesity Prevention curriculum. Through a collaboration between AAP Chapter 2 and the L.A. Unified School District this curriculum is being used to educate at-risk students and their parents on the risks of obesity and to help them to lead healthier lives. Dr. Cross is an AAP Spokesperson and speaks to children throughout the L.A. school district about obesity, healthy lifestyles and the benefits of walking to school.

Dr. Cross is a member of the Executive Board for the AAP's Council on Communications and Media. She is the Editor of the Council on Communications and Media's blog.
Is Your Family Prepared for a Fire?
What is the best way to keep your family safe from a home fire?

Protecting your home against fire involves planning, and there are precautions you can take that will help you protect you and your loved ones.

One of the most important steps you can take is to install smoke alarms and keep them in good working order. You can buy smoke alarms at most home and hardware stores, and they often cost $10 or less.

Check with your local fire department to see if they give out and install free smoke alarms, as many community departments do.

You can also perform regular safety drills with family members, so that everyone knows exactly what they need to do should a fire arise.

For more advice on planning and implementing safety drills with your family, tune in to special guest, Dr. Corinn Cross. It may just be the most important thing you ever do with your kids.
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