Kids and Fire safety
Children at a very young age are curious about everything, and playing with new items are their way to learn. It is important to keep children educated about fire and how dangerous they are even if it is a fire as small as a candle burning. Kids playing with fire has caused 14,500 buildings to go up in flames in one year.
- Children accidentally cause fires by playing with either matches, lighters, candles, and even fireworks.
Many young children do not know how to respond to a fire. Take precautions and prevent access to the tools that can start a fire, talk to your child about how dangerous a fire is and how it can hurt them and even other family members.
- Never leave matches or lighters in a space where a child can be unsupervised
- Keep children at least 3 feet away from the stove while it is on.
- Educate children. Teach them how to Stop, Drop and Roll.
Be a good example and teach a child the appropriate ways fire is used. For example: lighting candles, a camp fire, or a fire place. Do not use fire to amuse kids, they may want to imitate you.
Local fire departments may have programs designed to teach kids about the dangers and consequences of playing with fire.
Keep your home safe, and help ensure your entire family stays safe as well.