Adults and children should all know what to do if clothing catches fire, so that they can act quickly in an emergency.
A fast way of putting out a clothing fire is to roll the person in a woollen blanket, thick item of clothing or fire blanket. You can also use water to put the fire out.
Never use acrylic material to try to extinguish the fire – this can make the situation worse, and result in deep and severe burns.
Fire spreads upwards, which is why it’s important to drop to the floor so as to protect the face. The best method is to lie down and roll around until the flames go out.
Remember that any extensive or deep burns must always be treated by a doctor.