April 18, 2024 1:12 pm

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Matches and lighters pose a danger in the hands of minors

OLYMPIA—Matches and lighters pose a significant risk in the hands of young people who do not understand that fire can quickly grow out of control causing injuries and deaths. Children may be fascinated with fire. They may not understand the dangers associated with open flames.

Matches lighters

The State Fire Marshal’s Office offers the following safety tips to keep your family safe:

  • Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children, preferably in a locked cabinet.
  • Keep heat sources away from things that can burn and keep children a safe distance way.
  • Purchase and use only child-resistant lighters.
  • Lighters that look like toys, referred to as novelty lighters, can confuse children and cause fires, injuries, and death. Keep these items out of children’s hands and consider not purchasing them.
  • Teach young children to never touch matches or lighters.
  • Talk with children about what their friends or other children are doing with fire.
  • Give praise for showing respect and age-appropriate responsible behavior toward fire.
  • Ensure your home has working smoke alarms.
  • Develop and practice a home escape plan.
  • Teach your children how to call the fire department in case an emergency occurs.

For more information, contact the State Fire Marshal’s Office at 360-596-3929.

SOURCE: The State Fire Marshal’s Office is a Bureau of the Washington State Patrol, providing fire and life safety services to the
citizens of Washington State including inspections of state licensed facilities, plan review of school construction projects,
licensing of fire sprinkler contractors and pyrotechnic operators, training Washington States firefighters, and collecting
emergency response data.


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