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Fire safety is important for the entire family, but even more so for children. According to the “Child Fire Deaths, Fire Death Rates and Relative Risk (2009-2018)”, nearly 50% of all children fire deaths occur to children between the ages of 0 to 4. Unfortunately, these children are not able to escape from fire emergencies in the home by themselves as easily as an older child, so they are often depended on others for their saving. Because a child’s lungs are also quite small and still growing, smoke inhalation also is a factor and poses an even larger threat to children than to adults.
According to the “Fire Risk to Children in 2010” report, a “leading cause of reported residential building fire death and injuries for children age 9 or younger in 2010 was “playing with a heat source” which includes lighters and matches. Children age 9 or younger accounted for 61 percent of deaths and 28 percent of injuries where the cause of the residential building fire was due to “playing with a heat source” in 2010.” These are very sobering statistics, especially considering that these fires could have been prevented. What can be done to reduce the chances of a child starting a fire?
Children need to be taught at an early age about the dangers of playing with fire in an effort to prevent injuries, death and damage to property. Each year, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and other fire agencies sponsor “Fire Protection Week”, to help children learn more about fire safety. The program runs October 3rd to October 9th this year. Sparky the Dog is the official mascot of Fire Prevention Week. The Sparky website is devoted to fire safety and prevention tips that teachers and parents can share with their children. Realistically, there should be more than just one week devoted to fire safety, so this site is a great platform for teaching children about fire safety.
Children need to fully understand the dangers of playing with fire and as well as the consequences of what could happen when they do.
A home, toys, machines, things… they are all replaceable, but a child is not. Remind your children that they are irreplaceable and that these safety tips are meant to protect them.