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owadays, the sight of smoke in a suburban area, is more often than not, a cause for concern because sadly home fires are an issue across the world.

America reports some frightening statistics, with an average of seven people dying per day in home fires across the country in 2016!

Canada reported $1.5 billion of damaged caused directly by fire, and reported that home fires accounted for 30% of all fires in the country.

The leading cause of home fires in the United Kingdom, Canada, United States and Australia was reported to be ‘cooking’, with home fires tending to originate in the kitchen.

An Australian official is quoted as saying “Many of these fires are preventable. A major cause is that this simple but potentially dangerous domestic activity is often not paid the due attention it deserves.” While a large portion of the world does not require open fires to heat their homes or cook their food, it is easy to forget that the heat produced by an electric heater or stove top, can still easily lead to fire.

Knowing not to play with fire and knowing to raise the alarm if a fire is discovered can go a long way to reduce the risks of fire.

CORE MESSAGES

• Fires can start small and get big very quickly.

• Fires can burn you and also create poisonous fumes.

• Never ever play with fire.

• If you see a fire raise the alarm straight away.

QUESTIONS TO START A CONVERSATION

• Fire looks pretty, but should you play with fire?

• Why is fire dangerous?

• If you see a fire, what will you do?

OUR MANTRA

“Fire is pretty

it looks like so much fun,

but if your see a fire

you’d better get ready to run!”

DOWNLOADS

FIRE SAFETY CHECKLIST

Here is an important activity which can be a lot of fun too. Prints the checklist ans together go through your home to make sure it’s “Fire Wise”.

A4 HOME WALL POSTER

Print these posters as part of a set.

Collect one for each Topic.

CERTIFICATE

For a bit of fun, here’s a completion certificate to print out and complete.

Try to collect them all!