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How To Make Your Message Stick

  1. Share the moment. If possible, watch Austin’s videos together with your child. Kids are more likely to talk and reflect immediately after watching the videos. Can’t pin down your teen? CLICK HERE to email the videos.
  2. Start with general questions. Lectures usually make kids’ eyes glaze over, and direct questions can make them clam up. General questions like “Do you know any kids who use gas to start fires?” or “Do you think this is something kids do?” may help them open up.
  3. Give them some facts. Make sure your child knows that both gasoline and its vapors are extremely flammable, and that the vapors can explode far from the original source of gasoline.
  4. Never mix gas and fire. “Do as I say, not as I do” doesn’t work with most children, especially teens. When it comes to how you handle gasoline, remember that kids – even teenagers – say their parents are their No. 1 role model.

How to Make
Your Message Stick

Sharing Austin's story with your child can be a good way to start a conversation about gas and fire. Here are some ways to help make your message stick.

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Show Your Kid

If he could, teenager Austin Bailiff would talk to every kid in the world about gas and fire. He knows what it’s like to think, “It can’t happen to me.” And he lives every day with the terrible reality that it can.

Share Austin’s videos with your kid. Sometimes, hearing stuff from other kids is more powerful than hearing it from us. That’s Austin’s hope. That’s why he tells his story.

Video 1

It started as an ordinary Saturday.

Video 2

So much pain.