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.