Safety in the early years

Safeguarding children’s wellbeing is paramount for parents, school and early years practitioners, and so is teaching children to be aware of their own safety.

Keep reading to find helpful tips and information to help you keep children safe at home, in their childcare setting and school, and when out and about!

Fireworks and flames

Share these tips with children and families about staying safe near fire and fireworks, including on Halloween and Bonfire night.

Top ten tips

  • Teach children that they should NEVER EVER play with matches or a lighter
  • Do not allow children to play near naked flames – particularly if they are in fancy dress.
  • Use glow sticks or torches instead of candles for children to hold
  • Keep pets away from fire and fireworks
  • Use a fire guard or fence to restrict access to flames, bonfires or displays 
  • Talk to your children about the route they would use in an emergency when at home or elsewhere, and keep exits unobstructed
  • Do the children know not to go back for belongings?
  • Practice the ‘stop, drop and roll’ sequence together – make it fun whilst helping them remember what to do if clothes catch alight
  • Check the batteries in your smoke detectors regularly; a fire blanket is also a good idea to have handy
  • Have your local fire officer visit to check your fire detection equipment and offer safety advice for free

Firework Safety Code

  • Have a bucket of water, or an appropriate fire extinguisher, close by
  • Keep children a sensible distance away from the display – ear defenders are also a good idea
  • Never hold more than one sparkler at a time
  • Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable
  • Keep fireworks in a closed box away from the display area and use them one at a time
  • Read and follow the instructions on each firework, using a torch if necessary
  • Light the firework at arm’s length with a taper and stand well back
  • Keep naked flames and burning materials away from fireworks
  • Never return to a firework once it has been lit
  • Don’t put fireworks in pockets and never throw them
  • Ensure fireworks are directed away from people watching the display
  • Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire.
  • Make sure that the fire is out and surroundings are made safe before leaving

Find out more:

Fire safety games and activities from the London Fire Brigade

Bonfire Night - your guide to a safer event

Activities to try