Real Life - A couple of minutes out of the room

Box of Matches
Box of Matches
Julie Bacon left her three-year-old son Dylan in the living room while she went to get a cup of coffee. When she came back, she was horrified to see a newspaper burning on the sofa and Dylan standing smiling beside it.

Julie managed to put out the fire, but she was badly shaken and the sofa had to be replaced. It seems Dylan had climbed up on a box and reached a box of matches that were on the mantelpiece. 

“I’m so aware of fire risks now,” says Julie. “I make sure Dylan can’t get access to any fire-lighting materials like matches or lighters.”