The best way to teach children about fire safety is by example. Let your children see you being sensible and careful about cooking, candles and other potential fire risks. Find out more about talking to children about fire - and what they should do if there is one.
Fire and children
Fire is one of the most common causes of accidental injury and death among children. They are naturally drawn to the warmth and light of fire, but without proper guidance this can turn into a dangerous fascination. The following tips will help keep your children out of harm's way.
Give children under five clear instructions of what they should and shouldn't do. With older children, it's better to also explain why. You will probably need to talk about fire safety more than once, to make sure they have remembered and understood what you have taught them. Tell them:
It's important to talk through with children what to do if there's a fire - don't avoid it for fear of frightening them. Children need to know the basics of how to react, as there may not be an adult around to tell them what to do if a fire happens. Here are the basic instructions to give to your children
Once you're out and safe, use a mobile phone, a neighbour's phone, or a phone box to call the emergency services (999 calls are free). When you speak to the operator: