The dangers of playing with fire

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Most people know that fire is hot and can burn, but many don’t know just how dangerous fire can be. Every year, people are killed or seriously injured by fires. Some of these fires are started by careless accidents, while others are started deliberately.

Playing with fire is never a good idea. Even a small fire can get out of control quickly and cause serious damage. If you’re not careful, you could start a large wildfire that could destroy homes and put lives at risk.

If you see someone playing with fire, it’s important to tell an adult right away. Never try to stop someone from playing with fire yourself – you could get hurt.

Here are some important things to remember about fire safety:

• Fire is hot and can burn you.

• Fire needs oxygen to burn, so don’t block any vents or doors if there’s a fire.

• If you see smoke, stay low to the ground where the air is clearer.

• Never use water to put out a grease fire – it will make the fire worse.

• Never throw anything onto a fire, including flammable liquids.

• Don’t play with lighters or matches.

• Keep a fire extinguisher handy in case of an emergency.

• Know how to escape from a burning building – have a plan and practice it regularly.

• Install smoke alarms on every level of your home and outside sleeping areas. Test them monthly and replace the batteries at least once a year.

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