Match & Lighter Safety

Children have a natural curiosity about fire, and many times, this curiosity can turn deadly. Matches, lighters and other heat sources are the leading cause of fire deaths for children. Most child-playing home fires are started with lighters or matches and the majority of these fires start in the bedroom. The best way to prevent your kids from playing with matches and lighters is to sit down and talk with them. Here are some tips:
  • Store matches and lighters in a locked cabinet or out of reach of children. Remember, even child-resistant lighters aren't childproof.
  • When a child is curious about fire or has been playing with fire, calmly and firmly explain that matches and lighters are tools, not toys and are only to be used by adults.
  • Instruct small children to tell you when they find a lighter or matches.
  • Never use lighters or matches as amusement for children. They may imitate your actions.
By using the above information, you can help prevent a fire tragedy in your home.