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Fire Safety Tips for Parents

-fire safety tips courtesy of the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

My child is curious about fire. Should I be concerned? What can I do?

Yes, you should be concerned—and you can do a lot! Children do not understand the dangers of fire. In fact, children playing with matches and lighters start many of the home fires that kill children.

Calmly but firmly explain to your child that matches and lighters are tools for adults to use carefully. Teach young children to tell an adult if they see matches or lighters.

Always store matches and lighters out of children’s reach and sight, preferably in a locked cabinet.

Purchase only child-resistant lighters. Remember: no lighter is child proof!

Never use lighters or matches as a source of amusement. Children may imitate what you do.

Always supervise young children closely.

Prevent fires by practicing and teaching fire safe behaviors in your home.

❑ Keep children 3 feet away from the stove when cooking, don’t overload outlets, and have your heating systems checked annually. If you smoke, use deep ashtrays and soak the ashes in water.

❑ FACT: Matches, lighters, and other heat sources are the leading causes of fire-related deaths for children under age 5!

❑ Remember, it is important for every family to have first aid and emergency supplies kits readily available in your home and car!

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