THE National Fire Authority is pleading with parents to never leave their children unattended during this festive season.
It follows a recent incident where a parent left her children in the care of a Form Four student.
The student told the children not to play in the house when one of them locked himself in a room and started playing with matches.
When a mattress caught fire, the child exited the room, closed the door and went to play outside without informing their babysitter of what happened.
"We've always pleaded to the public to not leave fire inductors unattended but with the recent cases we've attended to involving children, we are changing our stand and pleading to parents not to leave their children unattended," NFA chief executive officer John O'Connor said.
"If parents have to go to church, take your children.
"We must all take fire safety seriously which means parents, if they choose to leave their children at home, leave them with an adult. And everyone should always be on high alert.
"We do not want to lose a loved one this festive season so let us be extra careful and ensure we all enjoy a safe Christmas and a good new year," he said.
Mr O'Connor also pleaded with parents to teach their children about fire safety.