Fire service video warns children of the danger of matches

Fire matches
(Last Updated On: April 7, 2014)

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Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service have launched a fun but informative video for children to discourage them from playing with matches. The video stars the endearing and cheeky Sooty and Sweep!

The video is targeted at young children, but in particular Firesetters of nursery/reception age and will be used as part of the Services Firesetter Intervention Program. The video takes place in Sooty and Sweeps bedroom as young children who light fires will often start them in their bedroom.

The program aims to help children and young people understand and control the feelings and circumstances that lead them to set fires.

Most children show a natural interest and curiosity in fire. Even if they do not display any firesetting behavior, some children may be fascinated by fire – the glow from a real flame, blowing out their birthday candles, or even watching an adult light up a cigarette.

It is not uncommon for children as young as two years of age to show an interest in fire. However, for some young people this interest develops into something more dangerous. This is where our Firesetter Intervention Program can assist. Our dedicated team receive some of the most comprehensive training available and partnered with their Fire Service experience achieve excellent results.

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