Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are reminding parents and guardians to ensure that children in their care are educated about fire safety and the dangers of playing with fire.
"It is important to repeat safety messages regarding fire to children on a regular basis as they may not realise how quickly a fire can start."
Station Manager, Ian Read
The safety message comes following an incident on Friday night on Mulgrave Street in Cobridge where a fire took hold after a five year old child had been lighting bits of paper.
The fire developed into a severe bedroom fire however the four occupants, a lady and her three children, were able to get out safely. Crews from Burslem, Sandyford, Hanley and the aerial ladder platform from Longton were sent to tackle the fire whilst the family were taken to hospital for precautionary checks.
Station Manager, Ian Read said: "We would urge parents and guardians to ensure they inform their children about the dangers of playing with fire and that they ensure all smoking materials, such as lighters or matches, are kept out of sight and reach of children.
"With the summer holidays coming up it is inevitable that children will get bored at some point but we need parents and guardians to help us to make sure that boredom is not alleviated by playing with fire as it only takes seconds for a fire to take hold.
"It is important to repeat safety messages regarding fire to children on a regular basis as they may not realise how quickly a fire can start or understand the danger they are putting themselves and their family in.
"We would encourage all households to book a free Home Fire Risk Check if they have not already had one, as we can provide safety advice to parents to help families stay as safe as possible from fire in their homes."