Where can I get child locator decals for my home?

In the interest of community safety, the Watertown Fire Department does not recommend that child or invalid locator decals be placed on home windows for the following reasons:

  • The average family moves often - on average about once every five years. Each time a house changes hands, room use can also change. Even a single family will switch rooms over time, making the decals meaningless.
  • Often times, young children sleep in rooms other than their own, leave their room when frightened, or spend the night away and, therefore, may not be in the room marked with a decal.
  • Unfortunately, a decal can also be an invitation to an intruder to enter through that window because the occupant of that room would present less of a threat.
  • Please remember that rescuing people trapped in a fire is a firefighter’s top priority. Firefighters are trained to make a thorough and systematic search for anyone inside a burning building as soon as they arrive. Valuable time could be lost looking for windows improperly marked with decals and with no assurance anyone would be in that room, could delay help to anyone trapped inside.

Protecting Yourself & Your Family

The most effective way to protect yourself and your family in the event of a fire in your house is to:

  • Be sure your smoke detectors are working properly.
  • Prepare and practice a family fire escape plan.
  • Consider installing residential fire sprinklers or making sure your next home has them already installed; they're like having your own firefighter on duty in your home 24 hours every day!

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3. What do I do after I suffer a fire in my home?
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5. Why is my smoke alarm making a funny chirping sound?
6. Where can I get child locator decals for my home?