Cleveland Fire Brigade is supporting National Child Safety Week this week (23-29 June) which is ran by the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) and offering helpful advice to parents and carers on how they can help keep their children safer in the home.
John Feeney, District Manager said: “There’s nothing more important than the safety of a child in the home, and getting into the habit of taking a quick glance round the room for hazards is a simple step that will make safety an automatic reflex for any parent or carer, and help give real peace of mind.”
“Another really vital thing parents can do to keep their family safe is speak to their children about the importance of fire safety and making sure they know what to do if the worst happens. Fitting a smoke alarm and involving children in testing it regularly can also help keep them fire-aware and, most importantly, provide the vital seconds you need to escape in the event of a house fire.”
Here are Cleveland Fire Brigade’s top tips for a safer home:
- Don’t let your child play with fire – keep candles, lighters and matches well out of their reach and never leave burning candles unattended.
- Keep safe in the kitchen – make sure children know the kitchen is not a play area. Never leave young children alone in the kitchen and never let them play near the oven and hob.
- Socket safety – teach children not to poke anything, including fingers, into sockets.
- Nominate your child to be the ‘Escape Champ’ – regularly role-play escape routes and give children the responsibility to keep escape routes clear.
- Get ‘key clever’ – encourage your children to check that keys are in the correct place. Keys for windows and doors should always be kept in an accessible place so you can get out quickly in the event of a fire.
- Discuss how to call 999 – make sure children know which number to call in an emergency. They should also know their address. You can pin both up by the phone, but you must explain the importance of only calling 999 in a real emergency.
- Fit and maintain smoke alarms – working smoke alarms can give you the vital time you need to escape a house fire. You should have one on each level of your home and test it weekly. Follow us on Twitter of Facebook and you receive a reminder to do this.
- Don’t remove batteries from smoke alarms or disconnect them from the mains – if your smoke alarm keeps going off accidentally, check it is located correctly and the alarm has a silencer button. If you are unsure call us on 01429 874063 and arrange for a free Home Fire Safety Visit.
- In the event of a fire ‘Get out, Stay out, Call 999!’ – Don’t delay for valuables, don’t investigate or try to tackle the fire. Use a mobile, a neighbour’s phone or a phone box to call 999. If someone needs to be rescued wait safely outside for the firefighters who have the equipment and training to do it. Never go back in.
To find out more about Child Safety Week go to the CAPT website www.childsafetyweek.org.uk