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Bored kids on holidays can turn into firebugs

EDITORIAL: It's coming up to that time of year that firefighters dread.

A combination of dry, hot weather, and plenty of fuel around means that grass fires are sparking up with the slightest provocation.

Add bored kids on school holidays into the mix, and you've got a problem that plagues us every summer.

Children don't always have the foresight to realise the potentially catastrophic outcomes of lighting a fire - most of the time they're just being curious.

But the excuse "they didn't know what they were doing" will be little consolation if a deliberately-lit fire destroys someone's home or livelihood.

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services have excellent resources available to teach kids how to stay safe around fire.

There's a quiz, workbooks, and even a game for youngsters to educate themselves, and they're all available for free.

There's also resources for parents with great advice for how to talk to your kids about being responsible.

Even if you don't think your child would ever play with fire, you never know when they will need to know safety information like that.

Firebugs already seem to have been active on the Fraser Coast, according to warnings by QFRS in a story about a fire on Torquay Tce.

Make sure they don't make this summer a misery.

Topics:  children, clementine norton, editorial, fire, firefighters, hervey bay, maryborough




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