Match and Lighter Safety

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Child playing with matches
Matches, lighters, and other heat sources are the leading causes of fire deaths for children. Never underestimate your child's curiosity about fire, nor their ability to strike matches or start a lighter.
Store matches out of reach
Store matches and lighters out of children's reach and sight, preferably in a locked cabinet.

Remember: even child-resistant lighters are not childproof and should be stored securely as well.
Explain to children about matches
When a child is curious about fire or has been playing with fire, calmly and firmly explain that matches and lighters are tools for only adults to use carefully.
Child with parent
In addition, instruct toddlers to tell you when they find a match or lighter.
Child with matches
Never use matches or lighters as amusement for your children. They may imitate your actions.

Take extreme care with the storage of your matches and lighters. Your children are depending on you.