The British Film Institute presents the best global cinema on-demand:
From classic and contemporary films to the best of the BFI National Archive.

Playing with Fire
Playing with Fire

Playing with Fire 1947


This film is certified

Please confirm that you accept our terms of use.


Playing with Fire 1947

11 mins United Kingdom Director. Michael Law

Accidents happen, and when it comes to burns and scalds, prevention is key. This hard-hitting public information film effectively illustrates all manner of catastrophes and how to avoid them. It's an unflinching account of potential child burn victims, which speaks directly to their parents or responsible adult. This is a longer and more detailed version of the short film Burns and Scalds, also available on BFI Player. It's the stuff of nightmares, but this only helps make the safety message so powerful that it can't be ignored.

Directed by

Michael Law


Public Information Filler


Accidents in the home Scalds Burns Children Domestic safety


Public Information Films




United Kingdom



Read lessRead more

Explore further

View Women after the War
Women after the War
Watch for free 11 mins

Women after the War 1946

A provoking film on the place of women made by the inimitable Richard Massingham

11 mins United Kingdom Director. Richard Massingham

View How to Use the Telephone
How to Use the Telephone
Watch for free 20 mins

How to Use the Telephone 1948

Hold please. Enter a distinctly British bureaucracy as the post-war Civil Service learns to be civil on the telephone

20 mins United Kingdom Director. Michael Law


View All

Welcome to a new subscription service like no other.

>100s of hand-picked classics and critically-acclaimed films

>Critic Mark Kermode picks a must-see film every week

>No contract, cancel anytime

Cookies Policy

This website uses cookies, as explained in our Cookies Policy.

To accept the terms and hide this message please click 'I accept'.

I accept

Passionate about film? So are we…

Don't miss the email made for the in-the-know film fan:

New releases — on the same day as in cinemas Special collections & unheralded classics Exclusive news on discounts

Never ask | Ask me later