I Learn

What is iLearn? 

Since 1995, Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service have had a fire safety education scheme for children and young people who have fire setting behaviours. The name of this scheme is iLearn and it aims to educate children and young people in the dangers and consequences of fire setting behavior and is usually delivered by two advisors in the child/young person’s home.  

Any person under the age of 16 years can be referred for the scheme and the referrals can come from anywhere, including schools, parents, police, youth workers, social workers, or following safe and well visits or incidents. If you know of a child who has set a fire, or has tried, please do get in contact on the details below, or download the referral form below and complete.  

How to spot the signs 

  • If you spot any of these in your home, it could be sign of fire setting behavior, so please consider referring this young person to our iLearn scheme: 
  • Small burn holes in carpets or clothes 
  • Charred paper in sinks or wastebaskets 
  • Matches or lighters hidden in your child’s cupboards/drawers or under their bed 
  • An unusual fascination with fire 
  • Unexplained burnt objects in the home or garden 
  • Signs of burns on windowsills 
  • The smell of smoke on the child’s clothes or in the home 

Keep your family safe from fire 

Shropshire fire and rescue service carry out a safe and well visit through the iLearn scheme,(Safe and Well visits) where we advise the family on how to prevent accidental fires, check detection in the home, and advise on escape plans should a fire occur. Follow these simple steps to ensure your family stay safe from fire: 

  • Ensure you have working smoke alarms on every level of your home, on the ceilings 
  • Test your smoke alarm regularly - can everyone in your home hear it?  
  • Make an escape plan with all of your family 
  • Keep matches and lighters out of reach of children 
  • Use childproof lighters if required 
  • Never leave children alone in a room where there is a burning candle, open fire or cooker on, even for short periods of time 

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