Child Safety WeekPosted
North Wales Fire and Rescue Service is supporting Child Safety Week (23 - 29 June 2014), an annual campaign by the Child Accident Prevention Trust to raise awareness of the risks of child accidents and how they can be prevented.
Brian Williams from North Wales Fire and Rescue Service, said: "We are supporting Child Safety Week in a bid to encourage parents, guardians or carers to think about how they can put simple measures in place to safeguard children against anything from mishaps to serious harm."
Brian has these key messages to keep children safe:
The steps to safety are small, but by taking these steps families can make a big difference to children's safety:
Fit a smoke alarm - Fitting a smoke alarm and involving the children in testing it regularly can also help keep them fire-aware and - most importantly - provide the vital seconds you need to escape in an accidental house fire. You should have one on each level of your home and test it weekly. If your smoke alarm keeps going off accidentally while you are cooking, don't remove the batteries. Instead move the alarm or change it for one with a silencer button.
Don't let your child play with fire - Keep candles,lighters and matches well out of children's reach, and never leave burning candles unattended.
Keep safe in the kitchen - Make sure children know that the kitchen is not a play area - never leave younger children alone in the kitchen when you're cooking 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; explain the importance of only calling 999 in a real emergency.
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.
Cross roads safely - teach children how to cross the road safely
Travelsafely by car - Always wear a seat belt and always strap children into car seats.
North Wales Fire and Rescue Service offer free home fire safety checks for all residents in North Wales to keep the whole family as safe as possible. During the check, a member of the Service will give fire safety hints and tips, help to formulate a fire escape plan and where necessary, fit new smoke alarms - totally free of charge. Request a visit by contacting our freephone number on 0800 169 1234 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .
Games and activities for children
For games and activities for children, please visit www.nwales-fireservice.org.uk and click on 'Play our fire safety games'
button on the right hand side of the screen.