Every year in the USA thousands of fires are started and hundreds of people die in fires started by children playing with fire.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), in fires started by children playing with fire, most of the people killed are under five years old and these fires are the leading cause of deaths among preschoolers. Most of these fires involved children playing with matches or lighters, but children also start fires by playing with fireworks, stoves, and cigarettes. As adults and parents it is our responsibility to protect our children by following these tips:
- Store matches and lighters out of children’s reach and sight.
- Never use matches or lighters to amuse children because they may try and imitate you.
- Use lighters with child-resistant features.
- Teach children that if they find matches or a lighter to never touch them and to immediately tell an adult (or a teacher at school) where they were found.
- If your child expresses curiosity about fire or has played with fire, calmly but firmly explain to them that matches and lighters should only be used by adults.
If you suspect that your child is intentionally starting fires or seems to be fascinated by fire, please contact the Hanford Fire Department Investigation Team at 585-2545 and we can help you and your family prevent a tragedy.
Safety Reminder: Test all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms in your home.