Small Kids and Safety with Candles and Fire at Xmas
One of the most loved traditions of Xmas is to use candles and light a fire. This is especially so if you are living in a cold climate. There really is nothing better than enjoying the warmth of an open fire or the glow of candles when listening to carols.
However, no matter how good the Xmas feeling is and how much you love the traditions, it must be done in a way that is safe for the kids and home. Don’t become relaxed regarding open flames because just because it’s Xmas.
An open flame in the presence of young children is a hazard and a danger. Candles must be kept out of reach of kids. Remember, kids love the idea of lighting a candle, the flickering flame is fascinating and they may not understand just how dangerous it is. They must understand a candle is not a toy.
If a candle is lit make sure it is in a bona fide candleholder on a surface that is heat resistant and stable. Don’t use candles on the tree and don’t place tinsel around the candle. Keep the candle far from drapes, air currents and vents. Always put out the candle before sleeping or leaving the home. Never leave young kids alone in a room with a candle burning – you must always be present.
If you intend making a fire in the fireplace you must use a spark guard. Make your children aware that fire is hot, burns and is dangerous. Never fool around near the fireplace. Never place Xmas decorations or used wrapping paper on the mantelpiece or near the fireplace.
A home that makes use of candles and / or fires should be fitted with an appropriate smoke alarm. However, the best way for kids to respect the dangers of fire is by observing your behavior.