Each year many families have their homes destroyed and property damaged in fires started both accidentally and deliberately by children.
Many parents are concerned that their child may start playing with fire.
By understanding the circumstances that lead children to start fires and by following a few simple fire safety practices, you can reduce the chances of your child starting a destructive fire.
Thanks to Essex Fire and Rescue Service and West Norfolk Accident Prevention Group for the production of this information.
Remember - teaching fire-safe behaviour and helping children overcome fear and curiosity about fire is a gradual process that should occur under proper adult supervision and guidance
Children are fascinated by fire; the warm glow of a fireplace, blowing out birthday candles, watching the repetitive habit of an adult lighting up a cigarette. Children as young as two may show an interest in fire.
With this natural fascination and curiosity comes the need for parents/guardians to take fire safety precautions with younger children and to educate and train older children in fire safety.
Fire safety skills should be one of the essential survival skills taught to children, along with swimming and road safety.
If you suspect your child has a problem with fire contact Community Fire Safety at Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service on 0300 123 1669 to discuss a possible home visit.
Members of Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service may seek further help or advice from other approved agencies in order to meet the further needs of protection of children.