From 2011-2015, there were 217 structure fires in Tennessee caused by children playing with fire. These resulted in four deaths, 12 non-emergency personnel injuries, and over $5 million in property damage. In a recent article, the Tennessee State Fire Marshal’s Office discussed the importance of teaching your children about fire safety. While you may not be able to prevent all accidents around your home, there are steps you can take to protect your home and your family from fire-related accidents.
- Keep matches and lighters in a locked drawer or cabinet, out of the reach of young children.
- Teach children not to play with lighters or matches. Tell them to bring matches or lighters to a trusted adult if they find them.
- Tell your children that lighters and matches are tools to be used only by adults.
- Never use fire as a way to entertain children. They may try to imitate you when they are alone or with friends.
- Avoid buying or using lighters that resemble toys or that might be of particular interest to children. Novelty lighters are banned in Tennessee, because children may mistake them for a toy and unintentionally start a fire.
- Make sure there are smoke alarms in all your home’s sleeping areas, outside sleeping areas, and on all levels of the home. Regularly check to be sure all smoke alarms are in working order. Replace batteries when needed. All smoke alarms that are over ten years old should be completely replaced.
- Teach your children to stop, drop, and roll if their clothing does catch on fire. Also, have a home fire escape plan in place, and practice it regularly with your children.
Unfortunately, some accidents around the home are caused by things you may not be able to prevent, such as faulty products. If you or a family member was injured because of a defective product, our Nashville injury attorneys can help. Contact us to learn how we can help you.