What can you do?
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.