Children and Fire
Many Children who set fires lack both supervision and fire safety education. The following are a few things, according to the Burn Institute, that you can do to make sure your children are safe.
Educate your children that:
- Fire is a tool, not a toy.
- Fire is dangerous and that it can kill.
- All fires, even small ones, can spread quickly.
- Even adults must follow fire safety rules.
- Leave matches alone.
Other things you can do:
- Supervise children at all times
- Store matches and lighters in a secure place away from a child's reach
- Occasionally check under your child's bed and inside the closets for burned materials. Parents often discover the first signs of evidence that a child may be playing with fire.
- Teach children not to touch matches and lighter, but to tell an adult where they are and have the adult put them in a safe place.
- Explain the importance of only using matches as a tool and when an adult is present.
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