Fire agencies all over the country make it their goal to protect and serve. Part of that mission and curriculum involves teaching adults and children about the dangers of fires, and how to stay safe so that a small incident doesn’t get out of control Many fire stations create “fire prevention” characters and modules where they go to schools to teach children about fires, fire prevention and fire products. Why do they do this? They do this because it’s estimated that hundreds of children have the potential to become pyromaniacs, a serious term for children (and adults) who like to play with matches.
Fire is fascinating in its many forms, and we’re lucky that those who find it especially fascinating are the ones who are there to prevent us from further injuries. Firefighters do their job day in and day out. But, what happens if you find that you have a student in your class, or are the parent of a child whose intrigue with fire goes too far? When does playing with matches become deadly?
Keeping your home safe from the dangers that children encounter is a tough job for many parents. Children are curious and like to explore. They see mom and dad lighting a match or using a lighter and they want to do the same. Only when they realize the fire is too hot and they let go of the match or allow the lighter flame to touch a flammable object do they realize that they have caused a blazing fire. If you sense that your child has an overt interest with fire, here are some things that you can do.
- Keep all matches and lighters out the reach of children in your home, no matter what the age of the children.
- Outline consequences if you find your child playing with matches.
- Enlist your child in a fire prevention course specifically designed for children.
- If you light a match or lighter, instruct the child to stay away and not lean in to blow out the fire. Many a child’s hair and head have been caught on fire from this alone.
Several agencies will come to your home and demonstrate potentials for fire danger and fire protection. They will also assess your home for fire alarms, smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, and take the time to talk to your child. With agencies like that on our side, it makes sense to utilize the teaching and materials available to help protect our own homes.
If your child or the child of someone else has caused damage to your home or property, as well as injury to others, as a result of playing with fire, pleading your case could be difficult. A law firm known for handling personal injury cases involving fire is the first place to start.