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Children fire safety


Children are often unaware that a tiny flame can grow into a dangerous fire.

As a parent or carer, there are many simple things you can do to make your home fire safe for children.

IFAP. Intervention & fire awareness program. Does your child play with fire? Free call 1800 600 700.

Make your home fire safe for children

  • Don't leave children alone in the home.
  • Keep matches and lighters out of reach of children.
  • Teach your children that fire is a tool, not a toy.
  • Be aware that younger children may play with fire in their bedroom.
  • Teach them survival skills such as "Get down low and go, go, go!" and "Stop, Drop, Cover and Roll".
  • Create your escape plan and practice your escape plan with your household.

Children & fire fascination

Children are naturally curious and find fire fascinating, but fire can be deadly. The Fire & Rescue NSW has created a factsheet on children and their fascination with fire, which will assist parents in preventing their child from developing a fire fascination.

For more information see our Children & fire fascination factsheet.

If you are concerned about your child's fire behaviour and/or obsession with fire, the Fire & Rescue NSW has developed IFAP - Intervention and Fire Awareness Program. The overall aim of the Intervention & Fire Awareness Program is to reduce the frequency and severity of the tragedy and trauma caused by child and youth fire related activities.

For more information see our IFAP program.