CHILDREN AND FIRE

 

CHILDREN PLAYING WITH FIRE CAUSE HUNDREDS OF DEATHS AND THOUSANDS OF INJURIES EACH YEAR. PRESCHOOLERS ARE MOST LIKELY TO START THESE FIRES,TYPICALLY BY PLAYING WITH MATCHES AND LIGHTERS, AND ARE MOST LIKELY TO DIE IN THEM. MOST OF THE PEOPLE KILLED IN CHILD-PLAYING FIRES ARE UNDER 5, AND SUCH FIRES ARE THE LEADING CAUSE OF FIRE DEATHS AMONG PRESCHOOLERS.CHILDREN ALSO START FIRES BY PLAYING WITH CANDLES, FIREWORKS, STOVES AND CIGARETTES.AMOUNG FATAL HOME FIRES STARTED BY CHILDREN PLAYING, 7 OUT OF 10 INVOLVE CHILDREN IGNITING BEDDING, MATTRESSES, UPHOLSTERED FURNITURE OR CLOTHING.

 

SAFETY TIPS

1. STORE MATCHES AND LIGHTERS OUT OF CHILDREN'S REACH AND SIGHT, UP HIGH, PREFERABLY IN A LOCKED CABINET.

2. IF YOUR CHILD EXPRESSES CURIOSITY ABOUT FIRE OR HAS BEEN PLAYING WITH FIRE, CALMLY BUT FIRMLY EXPLAIN THAT MATCHES AND LIGHTERS ARE TOOLS FOR ADULTS ONLY.

3. TEACH YOUNG CHILDREN TO TELL AN ADULT IF THEY SEE MATCHES OR LIGHTERS, AND TEACH SCHOOL-AGE CHILDREN TO BRING ANY MATCHES OR LIGHTERS TO AN ADULT.

4. IF YOU SUSPECT YOUR CHILD IS INTENTIONALLY SETTING FIRES OR UN DULY FASCINATED WITH FIRE,GET HELP. YOUR LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENT, SCHOOL, OR COMMUNITY COUNSELING AGENCY CAN PUT YOU IN TOUCH WITH TRAINED EXPERTS.

 

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