THE National Fire Authority is urging parents and guardians to organise activities for their children "rather than occupying them with indoor video games" these school holidays.
A statement sent yesterday said video games and other electrical gadgets could overheat with regular and long usage.
"Electrical-related fires have been one of the major causes of home fires, hence it is imperative that your children are made aware of the dangers of prolonged use of electrical appliances or gadgets," said NFA chief executive John O'Connor.
He said the onus was on adults to teach children and keep them supervised during the holidays.
Mr O'Connor requested that parents be more committed to the threat of home fires and discuss mitigation strategies with their children.
He said parents should teach their children about the proper use of electrical appliances and "switch them off after use or when not in use".
The CEO said it was important for children to have a fair idea of steps to take during fire emergencies to prevent serious injuries.
"We urge parents and guardians to ensure we do not have any fire mishaps during this two-weeks break," he said.
Mr O'Connor also reminded children not to make prank calls to the fire emergency number 911.