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Children are more likely than adults to be injured in a fire. Please teach your children the importance of fire safety at an early age.

Matches and lighters

Don't let your children play with fire. Kids are often fascinated by fire, but they do not understand the danger of playing with matches and lighters. Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children.

Tell your children if they find matches or lighters:

  • Not to touch them
  • To call an adult/grown-up right away

Teach your children that:

  • Matches and lighters are not toys and are very dangerous
  • Fire can hurt them and destroy things
  • Once a fire starts it is difficult to control
  • Matches and lighters should only be used by adults

Plan to get out alive

When children see smoke or fire, they often respond by trying to hide, for example, in a closet or under a bed. Tell your children that they cannot hide from fire but they must escape immediately by following a few simple rules:

  • Prepare and practice a home fire escape plan with your children
  • Plan two ways to get out of every room
  • Practice fire drills at least twice a year with your children
  • In an apartment fire, your children need to know which stairways will get them out of the building
  • Tell your children never to take an elevator during a fire
  • Decide on a planned meeting area outside the home as part of your fire escape plan
  • Tell your children never to go back into a burning building

Stop, drop and roll

Practice the Stop, Drop and Roll movements with your children. This could save their lives if their clothes ever catch on fire. Have your children pretend that their clothes are on fire.

Then tell them to:

  • Stop - Get them to stop where they are, and stop what they are doing. Do not run!
  • Drop - Get them to drop to the floor as quickly as possible.
  • Roll - Have them cover their face with their hands, then roll over and over until the flames are out.

Get out, stay out and stay alive!

Teach your children the emergency phone number, 9-1-1.

Call the Fire Services from a neighbour's phone.

Crawl low under smoke

Teach your children:

  • Smoke is dangerous;
  • Smoke rises, so cleaner, cooler air is near the floor;
  • To get down on their hands and knees and crawl low under the smoke to the nearest exit.

Smoke alarms

Make sure children know what a smoke alarm is. Children must know:

  • Smoke alarms warn them if a fire starts;
  • To get out of the house immediately when they hear the sound of the smoke alarm;
  • Show your child how important smoke alarms are by testing all your smoke alarms every month and changing their batteries at least once a year.

In case of fire or an emergency, call 9-1-1.


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