Fire Safety for Children
Education is key to keeping your children safe from fire. Teach your children that fire is a tool adults use for heating the house and cooking our food. Fire is not a toy; it is hot and may cause burns, deaths and property damage. It is also important to set a good example as young children learn by mimicking adult behaviour.
Teach your children your Home Escape Plan and have regular fire drills. If there are very young children in the home, ensure there is a responsible adult that will be able to help those young children escape.
- Keep matches, lighters and other heat sources away from children. Make sure you turn all pot handles into the centre of the stove, and keep hot foods and liquids away from the edges of tables.
- Have “kid-free zones” of at least three feet around stoves and heaters.
- Before placing a child in the tub, test the water with your wrist or elbow. The water should feel warm, not hot.
- Place your child in the tub facing away from the faucet so that they cannot reach the fixtures, and never leave a child unattended at anytime.
- Set your water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit to lower the risk of burns.
- Show your children how to stop, drop and roll if their clothing catches on fire. Have them practice by rolling over and over or back and forth while covering their faces with their hands.
You can also visit www.sparky.org for more fire safety tips, and fire safety activities for your children.
Children are normally curious about fire, but playing with, or deliberately setting fires is highly dangerous and should be addressed once discovered. Learn more about the Juvenile Firesetters Program.