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Children And Fire
Every year, hundreds of children throughout the world die
in home fires started
by children who were using or playing
with matches or lighters.
Many of the children were merely being curious about fire.
Some set fires deliberately as
an act of vandalism.
Children have a normal and healthy fascination with fire.
If your children express curiosity about fire, or if you
find they have been playing with matches or lighters,
are best to respond calmly.
You can explain firmly to your child that matches and lighters
are tools for adults
to use carefully. Find safe ways to
let your child participate in your careful use of fire. Let
them blow out candles, for example, or ut charcoal in the
barbecue before you light it. As children grow more mature,
they can learn how to use matches and lighters safely, but
only undr adult supervision.
Keep Matches And Lighters Away From Children
Children as young as two years old have been reported to
have started fires
with matches and lighters. If there are
children in your house, treat matches
and lighters as you
would treat a dangerous weapon. Store them up high,
children's reach, preferably in a locked cabinet.
Teach young children that if they see matches or lighters
they shluld not touch
them, but to tell a grown-up about
them and where they are. School age children,
on the other
hand, should be taught to bring matches or lighters to an
the hazard can be removed from younger children.
Don't Leave Children Unattended
Unsupervised children can sometimes get their hands on matches
that are well hidden. They may go "looking for
them" or they may know where
you hide them.
If You Smoke
Each year, careless smokers start many house fires. Those
fires have caused
death and cost millions of dollars in property
Check for hidden embers, cigarettes can smolder under the
cushions of a chair
or sofa for several hours. That's long
enough for the whole family to be asleep
before the fire
starts. Before leaving a room where people have been smoking,
check in and around furniture for hot embers, ashes, butts
Use ashtrays to reduce the risk of cigarettes starting a
fire. Have plenty of large, deep ashtrays on hand and empty
them often. Fill them with water before dumping cigarette butts into wastebaskets. A lit cigarette left in an ashtray
is a fire hazard.
As it burns down,it can easily roll out
of the ashtray and cause a fire. Never smoke
in bed or when
you are drowsy.
Fires started by matches and lighters claim many lives each
year. Most of those deaths could be prevented by a few simple
- Store matches and lighters out of children's reach
- Teach children that matches and lighters are tools for
adults, not toys
If you suspect your child is setting fires, get help immediately
by contacting the
Zion Fire / Rescue
If you smoke, use great caution and check for smoldering
cigarettes or embers before leaving a room.
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