Advice for Parents


Statistics have shown that a disproportionate amount of children die needlessly in fires each year. The reason is clear: while children have a curious fascination with fire, they do not always realise the dangers associated with it, or what to do should a fire occur in their homes. While we teach children to be careful when crossing the road and we encourage them to clean their teeth, we neglect to discuss with them the dangers associated with fire. It is important to realise that fire, once started, can become rapidly out of control, and can cause serious injury or death. We encourage parents to talk to their children about these basic rules to follow in the event of a fire. It is important for your child to know what to do. In fact, he or she may save your life.

The following are some basic instructions you can give to your children to follow in the event of a fire:

  • If you see smoke, raise the alarm immediately.
  • If possible, inform an adult.
  • Get out of the building as soon as possible.
  • If there is smoke, crawl along the floor, as the air is cleaner there.
  • The smoke will contain gasses, which affect the way you think and may kill you.
  • If a phone is available, call 999 or 112, and ask for the fire service, giving your address slowly and clearly. Then return to an agreed location outside your home.
  • GET OUT, STAY OUT! Do not re-enter your house for any reason, either for toys or pets. Leave this job to the fire fighters.
  • If your escape route is blocked, go into the designated room with a window, put things around the door to stop smoke entering, open the window and raise the alarm.
  • Most importantly: Never hide in a cupboard or under a bed. You need to raise the alarm and get out.