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Make your home safer for children

  • Keep matches and lighters out of sight and reach of children. Even toddles and infants are capable of lighting a match or lighter.
  • Never leave children alone in the house.
  • Explain to younger children that fire can hurt people and only adults can deal with it.
  • For older children explain fire is a tool and not a toy. Talk about different ways adults use fire, e.g. candles on a birthday cake or coal fires for heating.
  • Be aware that a person may hide matches in their clothing, school bags or bedrooms for use later.
  • Ensure an open fire has an adequate safety guard.
  • Ensure that you have fitted smoke alarms on each floor of your home. Fit an alarm in the bedroom of the child who is setting fire(s).
  • Consider your own actions and how they may influence the behaviour of children you are responsible for.

Further information

delyth [dot] humphreys [at] shropshirefire [dot] gov [dot] uk (Delyth Humphreys) - iLearn Co-ordinator
Telephone: 01743 260 279

Email: ilearn [at] shropshirefire [dot] gov [dot] uk