Preventing burns from flames

Children are fascinated by flames and fire and do not understand the risks. Naked flames can burn your child and cause fire.

If your child is using hand sanitiser, beware of the fire safety risk. Hand sanitisers are alcohol-based and highly flammable. Do not use alcohol-based sanitiser near heat or a naked flame.

Candles

Keep lit candles out of reach of children. Supervise them at all times. Never leave burning candles unattended.

Open fires, stoves and heaters

Always guard open fires, stoves and heaters with a fireguard and spark guard.

Secure the fireguard to the wall.

Never put anything on top of the fireguard like clothes as they could catch fire.

Keep heaters away from curtains and blinds.

Matches and lighters

Children will want to get their hands on matches and cigarette lighters. Keep matches and cigarette lighters out of sight and reach of children.

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Page last reviewed: 28 March 2019
Next review due: 28 March 2022

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