Fire Safety Checklist for Children

More than 3,500 Americans die each year in fires, according to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA). Statistics from USFA show that children set more than 35,000 fires each year. About 8,000 of those are in the home and 10 to 15 percent of all fire deaths are children under 14 years old. Start talking about fire safety with children at an early age and have fire safety implemented in your home.


An adult should always remain in the kitchen when food is cooking. Make sure children know to keep the stove top and nearby counters clear of flammable items, such as curtains, napkins and plastic. Keep potholders far enough from the stove but close enough that you can easily reach them. Remember to keep all pot handles turned toward the middle of the stove. You also should designate a "kid-free" zone of at least 3 feet around the stove.


Teach children that only adults are allowed to turn heaters on and off. Space heaters should not be left in a room where children are sleeping and no adult is present. Remind children never to place anything over a heater. Keep a screen in front of your fireplace to catch sparks and set an appropriate distance around the fireplace to protect children. Have your chimney and furnace inspected annually, and keep propane tanks and other fuels stored outside.

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