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Matches and Lighters

Matches and lighters can be lethal weapons in the hands of children.  Every year in Ontario, young children are injured or die in fires they start themselves.  In fact, 21% of fire deaths of Ontario children between the ages of 0-14 were caused by children playing with fire.  Young children are naturally curious about fire, so adults must keep all fire-starting materials out of their sight and reach.


  • If you smoke, have only one lighter or matchbook and keep it with you at all times.


  • Teach younger children to take lighters and matches to tell an adult when they find lighters and matches.


  • Be aware of items that appear burnt around the home.


  • Ensure smoke alarms are installed and working on all levels of the home. 


  • Ensure small children are supervised at all times.

If you are concerned about fire play by your children, please see our TAPP-C page (The Arson Prevention Program for Children) for more information.

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