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Common Questions Parents Have About Teaching Fire Safety
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“How do I know that my child is curious about fire?”
He may ask you questions, or he may stare at the fire, or point to or try to touch matches and lighters, or he may run to the window when fire trucks race by. But why wait for signs? Whenever you use fire, teach your child about it.
“What if my child has already begun experimenting with fire?”
Calmly, but firmly, explain that this is not an acceptable way to learn about fire. Explain—but do not overemphasize—the seriousness and danger of playing with fire and immediately begin teaching your child about the safe way to learn about fire.
“Someone said that if I burn his fingertips he’d learn the dangers… ”
This is simply incorrect. It’s also child abuse. Burning your child will only injure him. It will not teach him anything positive about fire. It may even give him the dangerous idea to use fire in anger.