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Fire Safety

What do I need to know about kids and fire?

Never leave children alone and unsupervised.

What do I need to know about smoke alarms (detectors)?

What should I teach my children about fire safety and what to do in case of a fire?

Here are some important things to talk about, teach and practice with your kids::

What should I do if my child has set a fire?burning match

There are many reasons kids might set fires—sometimes it’s a cry for help, or a sign or a sign of serious problems.  However, kids usually start fires simply out of curiosity or by accident.  If your child has played with fire, it’s probably a good idea to talk to your pediatrician about making sure there’s not an underlying problem. Different kinds of fire-setting require different treatments.

Where can I get more information?


Written and compiled by Kyla Boyse, RN.
Reviewed by faculty and staff at the University of Michigan.
Updated April 2010

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U-M Health System Related Sites:
U-M Trauma Burn Center
U-M Pediatrics

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