Children's Fascination With Flame: Fire Safety For Kids
by: Alex Pericleous
FIRE PREVENTION 2: ELECTRIC BLANKETS
When an electric blanket is stored folded not rolled some of the heating wires will be kinked. When unfolded the kink has caused a narrowing of the wire and it creates a “hotspot” so you feel the blanket heating is uneven. That can sometimes result in minor charring of the fabric. Cords can get pulled by accident, loosening connections then the switch heats up. Do NOT tuck an electric blanket under the mattress, or fold it over double, crease it,. It warns you it is wearing - minor charring, hotspots or uneven heating Buy a new one and keep FIRESAFE.
FIRE PREVENTION 3: IRON OUT THE PROBLEMS
Now and then reports of house fires hint that an iron was left on and started the fire. Probably true but not always. The conditions that allow a neglected iron to burn a hose down are uncommon what can happen is that the iron burns right through the ironing board and is left hanging Often the ironing board is draped with other clothes. in a small dwelling the ironing board is placed in between other furniture which is very close. and easily ignited. Prevention is better than cure. Routinely unplug the iron when you finish in that way Keep FIRESAFE.
FIRE PREVENTION 4 :CHILDREN’S FASCINATION WITH FLAME
Humans have evolved with fire For thousands of years children have been familiar with fire at home but nowadays they are not. Children’s modern experience is limited to the gas flame in a stove or BBQ , less often a solid fuel BBQ and seeing fires on TV. They rarely feel the consequences. Natural curiosity leads them to a fascination for flame it. Without experience of fire children have burned their homes Parents MUST teach children Fire is sometimes a friend, sometimes an enemy. Teach them about fire Keep FIRESAFE.
FIRE PREVENTION 5: IT ISN’T CHILDS PLAY
What can you say to youngsters at school? The 5-9 age group are very capable and can be effectively taught important skills. The dangers of fire can be explained , try explaining when there is a housefire story on the news. Ask what they would do. Show them AND PRACTICE , assembling at family assembly point , staying low under smoke, feeling the way out , blindfolded! How and when to make a”000” call The parents must judge the age to do so It doesn’t all have to be done at once Use your HOUSEHOLD FIRE PLAN and Keep FIRESAFE.
FIRE PREVENTION 6:MATCH THIS IF YOU CAN
Children with matches or lighter need careful watching. Children under 5 have burned their homes by playing with matches or lighters Home education home is the answer. Children identify tools at home. understanding a tool can be used a right way and a wrong way. Eg a hammer is used to drive nails into wood. A match is a tool. to be used the right way, or the wrong way. A match to light a barbecue, light birthday candles, are right ways to use a match. Playing with fire is a wrong way. Teach your young children and Keep FIRESAFE.