Children playing with fire account for a large amount of childhood deaths from fire. Sadly, many of the children killed in a fire started it themselves. It is suspected that around 250,000 fires are set each year in the United States by children under 18. It is important to give children a healthy fear and respect for fire, and emphasize how dangerous it can be.
Many parents don’t realize how young this curiosity with fire can start. Many studies suggest that this curiosity develops even before the age of 3, and there are a large amount of fires that are started by preschool aged children who are experimenting with fire. It is important, from a very young age, that you reinforce with your children a healthy respect for fire.
Children at risk for playing with fire