Early fire safe program
Share | Print

Early fire safe program

Learn how to prevent burns and scalds 

Early fire safe program logo

If you have a child under the age of five, talk to your local Maternal and Child Health Centre or parents’ group about booking the Early Fire Safe Program. 

The practical one-hour session covers:

  • How to prevent accidents and injuries
  • Product safety demonstrations
  • Being prepared for fire if one starts at home

Community centres and groups can contact their nearest CFA regional office to find out more about the program. Factsheets can also be dowloaded below.

Safety tips around the home 

  • Teach children about the dangers of hot surfaces
  • Keep pot-handles turned in and kettles out of reach
  • Do not leave cords  hanging down below  bench level
  • Water can still burn skin 30 minutes after boiling
  • Use non-slip tablemats instead of tablecloths (they can be grabbed and pulled)
  • Never drink hot drinks with a child on your lap

Bathroom safety tips 

  • Set your hot water system so  the temperature of your bathroom hot water tap is at no more than 50°C
  • Never leave children alone in the bathroom
  • Keep the bathroom door shut when it’s not being used  
  • Swirl bath water to mix hot and cold (to avoid hot spots)
  • Always use cold water first and last
  • Test the bath water with a thermometer first. The ideal temperature for a child’s bath is between 36°C and 38°C

Helpful resources 

Fact Sheets are also available in other languages.

Back to top