“Fire is a good servant but a bad master.” This is an old English saying. What does it mean?
After people learnt how to make fire, they learnt how to use it. They used it to keep warm and drive away animals. They also learnt how to cook food with it. Fire served people well and is still serving them well.
But sometimes a building catches fire. Sometimes a building is destroyed and people lose their homes. Sometimes people even lose their lives. Fire is not the servant them. It has become the master!
Why do fires begin? What starts them? There are many causes of fire. Perhaps an old electric heater is knocked over. Sometimes a heater is placed too near some clothes. Young children are sometimes allowed to play with matches by their parents. Can you think of any other causes of fire?
When a fire begins, we must telephone the firemen. Do you know how to do this? Go to the nearest telephone and dial the number 119. The firemen will arrive quickly. People who fail to get out of the house will be saved by them. If some people are hurt, they must be taken to hospital at once in ambulances.
（ ）1．“Fire is a good servant.” This means it can help people do all their housework.
（ ）2．When fire destroys buildings and causes people to lose their lives and homes, we say it is a bad master.
（ ）3．All fires are caused by heaters.
（ ）4．Young children shouldn’t be allowed to play with matches.
（ ）5．The telephone number for firemen is 119.
（ ）6．Ambulances must be called if some people are hurt in a fire.
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