Youth & Fire Misuse

What You Can Do

Educate Your Children That:

  • Fire is a tool, not a toy.
  • Fire is dangerous and it can kill
  • All fires, even small ones, can spread quickly

Other Things You Can Do:

  • Supervise children at all times – almost all fires start when children are unsupervised.
  • Store matches and lighters in a secure place away from a child’s reach.
  • Occasionally check under your child’s bed and inside the closets for burned match.
  • Parents often discover the first signs of evidence that a child may be playing with fire.
  • Use a “Don’t Touch!” approach with children under 5 years old. Teach older children to bring matches to you. Reward them with praise when they do.
  • If an older child is curious about matches, demonstrate the proper and safe way to use them. Explain that it is important to use matches only when an adult is present.

Practice Home Fire Safety

  • Install and maintain smoke alarms.
  • Know two ways out of every room.
  • Show children how to crawl low under smoke.
  • Teach your children how to STOP, DROP and ROLL, if their clothes catch on fire and how to COOL a burn and CALL 9-1-1.
  • Set a good example and make fire safety a family matter.
  • Create and practice a family fire escape plan.