Two important components of preventing youth fire misuse are educating children on safe behaviors and critical thinking skills. Children must develop thinking skills on how to anticipate the consequences of their/others' actions, assess their surrounding environment for potential dangers, implement appropriate hazard-avoidance strategies, and initiate an emergency response when necessary [Klas et al, 2015].* The following free educational programs can assist professionals to teach children essential safe behaviors and thinking skills:
*Klas KS, Vlahos PG, McCully MJ, Piche DR, Wang SC. School-based prevention program associated with increased short- and long-term retention of safety knowledge. J Burn Care Res. 2015;36(3):387-393.