The tragedies caused by child fire setting and playing with fire can be prevented…
o By teaching children about fire
o By controlling their access to fire
o By setting a good example
Teaching Children about Fire
o Teach children that fire is a tool, not a toy.
o Teach children the nature of fire- it is fast, hot and deadly. It can quickly get out of control and be very
dangerous if not handled properly.
o Discuss the positive uses of fire- such as for cooking food, heating homes, etc.
o Teach children that fire is useful, but not magic.
o Teach children how to crawl low on the floor, below smoke, to get out of the house in case of fire.
o Teach children how to stop, drop, and roll if their clothes catch on fire.
o Visit these sites together to learn more: Fire Safe Kids and Smokey the Bear
Controlling Your Child’s Access to Fire
o Keep matches and lighters out of children’s reach!
o Matches and lighters should be handled only by adults.
o Instruct children to tell adults whenever they see carelessly discarded matches or lighters.
o Allow your curious child to assist you in making fire and heat related activities safe.
o Never leave cooking food, candles, open heaters, or lit cigarettes unattended.
o Never leave electric cords hanging down where your children can play with them and use special outlet covers for outlets.
o Keep flammable liquids out of your children’s reach.
o Make sure your fireplace has a screen over it.
Setting a Good Example
o Model safe practices- such as wearing tight-fitting sleeves, using pot holders, and turning pan handles in
o Keep matches and lighters away from children.
o Use safe ashtrays and carefully dispose of ashes.
o Never allow children to light pipes or cigarettes.
o Never play “tricks” with a lighter or matches.
o Store flammable liquids away from heaters, furnace, etc.
o Make sure your wood stove is installed properly.
o Make sure your relatives or guests adopt your rules while in your home.
o Check that your smoke detector is in working order on a monthly basis.