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Teach children to be safe with fire

A child can start a fire in moments, but only if they have the means to do so.

Teach children to be safe

Children learn by example – be a good safety role model for your children.


  • Keep matches and lighters out of sight and out of reach and to tell you if they find any.
  • Younger children copy – allowing older siblings to take part in supervised fire-related activities could lead younger siblings to incorrectly interpret that it is safe to do.
  • Children may be exposed to situations where people are smoking, remind them of the dangers.
  • Use fireguards in front of open fires or heaters 
  • Keep your escape route clear of toys and other obstructions.
  • Never leave children alone in the kitchen when you're cooking, and never let them play near the oven and hob.
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The below resources have been created to help you teach your children what they would need to do in the event of a fire:

We also have a fire safety leaflet for Parents and Child Carers if you would like further help and information. 

You may also find the following pages useful:

  • Fire safety videos - Learn how to prevent a fire, protect your home and escape from fire.
  • Kids Zone - fire safety fun and games with a notice board displaying their work
  • Educational Resources - Information on further education and resources for children
  • Community Initiatives - Schemes and projects that are currently being run by Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service in Cornwall.

Cornwall Fire, Rescue and Community Safety Service offer free home fire safety checks. To help us determine if you are eligible for a visit, please complete the home fire safety check short survey. If you are eligible an officer will contact you and arrange a convenient time to visit your home. Please be aware that there is a waiting list in place.