Child fire safety - information for parents

Children are fascinated by fire, the warm glow of the 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 and guardians to take fire safety precautions with younger children and to educate and train older children in fire safety.

Fire Safe Scheme - for children who play or experiment with fire

A voluntary programme called THE FIRE SAFE SCHEME is available to parents and guardians of children who have a tendency to play or experiment with fire.

The aim of the programme is to educate the child in the very real dangers of their actions and hopefully reduce the possibility of future accidents and tragedies.

Fire often fascinates children - don't hesitate to contact Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service if you believe this situation is becoming more serious:

     Youth Engagement Manager at Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service

     Tel: 01606 868700


Safety tips to keep children safe from fire

It is a tragic fact that every year in the UK around 30 children are killed and more than 900 are injured in accidental house fires. This is often because there is no smoke alarm or because no adult is there to help the children and they don't know what to do.

Here are a few tips to keep children safe from fire:

  • Don't let children play or leave toys near a fire or heater

  • Put a childproof fireguard in front of an open fire or heater

  • Keep your escape route clear of toys and other obstructions

  • Place candles and tealights where children cannot reach them

  • Don't leave children on their own in a room where there's a fire risk

  • Keep matches and lighters where children cannot see or reach them

  • Put plug guards into sockets so children can't stick anything into the holes

  • Keep portable heaters in a safe place where they can't be knocked over when they are being used or stored

  • Never leave children alone in the kitchen when you're cooking and never let them play near the oven and hob

  • Put child locks on cupboards containing anything that could be used to start a fire (for example matches, candles, flammable liquids and so on)

Carry out your own home safety check

Complete our online home safety check and you will get a personalised fire safety plan, which will offer advice on how to prevent fires in your home.

Do the online home safety check

Games for children

Use the following link to access games, quizzes and exercises to teach children about fire safety:

View fire safety games for children

Last updated: Wednesday 13 September 2017