Fire and Rescue

Fire Chief John Lewis

John Lewis,
Fire Chief

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Fire Safety Tips

City of Zion Fire Department

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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,
you 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,
out of 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 adult so
the hazard can be removed from younger children.

Don't Leave Children Unattended

Unsupervised children can sometimes get their hands on matches and lighters
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 damage.

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 or matches.

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.


Just Remember

Fires started by matches and lighters claim many lives each year. Most of those deaths could be prevented by a few simple precautions:

  • 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 Department.

If you smoke, use great caution and check for smoldering cigarettes or embers before leaving a room.

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City of Zion, Illinois