Coach children on holiday fire safety
FIRE safety should be uppermost in the minds of parents as the Christmas school holidays loom.
"Our data indicates that children, particularly boys aged four to nine, are most likely to start house fires by playing with matches," GIO's Lyndell Fraser said.
"The fires are often started in the child's bedroom and, not surprisingly, we see an increase in these types of incidents around school holidays when children are spending more time at home than usual.
"The most important priority is obviously safety. Parents should coach their children about what to do in the event of a fire, as well as educate them about the dangers of playing with matches and lighters."
Preventative measures such as the installation of smoke alarms were vital in reducing the risk of injury from fires or damage to personal property.
She said GIO recommended all households install smoke alarms to give early warnings of fire and allow time to evacuate to a safe location.
"Our research shows the most dangerous time of day for fire is between 9pm and 6am, when all residents are at home, asleep and oblivious to the early stages of a fire," Ms Fraser said.
"Smoke alarms rouse the household and should be coupled with a well-rehearsed evacuation plan."