Are you concerned about the safety of your child? There are many resources available for you to help protect your loved ones from harm.
Child Safety Seats
Statistics show the majority of car seats have safety defects or are installed incorrectly. Improperly installed seats can result in injury or death to the child they are designed to protect.
Youth Firesetter Intervention, Referral and Education Service (Y-FIRES)
Has your child ‘played with’ or misused fire?
The Youth Firesetter Intervention, Referral and Education Service (Y-FIRES) evaluates and educates children and youth who have misused, deliberately started or whose interest in fire is a concern. Children and youth may be referred to Y-FIRES by parents, teachers, social workers or by anyone who is concerned about a child who has misused fire.
Children referred to Y-FIRES attend a single meeting which includes:
- An interview with both the parent/caregiver and the child/youth
- An incident overview
- An educational discussion
- A video discussion
- Referral to professional help when necessary
Some Signs Your Child May Be ‘Playing With’ or Misusing Fire:
- Your child smells of smoke
- Your child has burned or singed clothing such as pant or coat cuffs
- Your child has singed hair, eyebrows or eyelashes
- You find used matches in the wastebasket or toilet
- You find burned or melted items such as toys, paper or plastic in garbage cans or under furniture
- Your child has burned fingers or conceals his/her fingers to hide burned areas
What You Can Do
- Locate matches and lighters in your home and dispose of them or place them in a secure area
- If you smoke, keep the lighter with you at all times and dispose of other lighters
- Teach your children to tell an adult when they find matches or lighters
- Test your smoke alarms monthly as a family to ensure they are working
- Develop a home fire escape plan and practice it as a family
- Perform your own home fire inspection to ensure your home is fire safe