East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is asking families to help children learn about fire safety as part of its Safer Summer campaign.
School holidays are in full swing and many youngsters are spending time with the grown ups in their lives.
David Kemp, head of Community Safety, said:
“We firmly believe that the best way to teach children about fire safety is by example. If you are looking after children, let them see you being careful in the kitchen when you cook – or taking extra precautions if you have things like barbecues or bonfires. It’s important that they know what to do because fire is one of the most common causes of accidental injury and death among children.”
He added: “Give children under five clear instructions of what they should and shouldn't do. With older children, it's better to also explain why. You will probably need to talk about fire safety more than once, to make sure they have remembered and understood what you have taught them.”
- to tell a grown-up if they see matches or lighters lying around
- never to play with matches, lighters or lighted candles
- never to play, or leave toys, close to a fire or heater
- not to put things on top of heaters or lights
- not to pull on electric cables or fiddle with electrical appliances or sockets
- never to switch on the cooker or put anything on top of it
- never to touch any saucepans on the cooker
It's important to talk through with children what to do if there's a fire - don't avoid it for fear of frightening them.
Children need to know how to react, as there may not be an adult around to tell them what to do if a fire happens.
Here are the basic instructions to give to your children:
- if they see smoke or flames, they should tell someone straight away - a grown-up if possible
- get out of the building as soon as possible
- never go back into the building for anything
- never hide in a cupboard or under a bed - get out of the house and call for help straight away
- find a phone and call 999, and ask for the fire and rescue service - give the address of the fire slowly and calmly
- make sure that children know their address so they can raise the alarm
Know your escape route
Plan an escape route and make sure that everyone in the house is familiar with it, including children, childminders and babysitters.
Keep all exits clear and practise the escape plan with children.
You can find lots of activities on our website: http://www.esfrs.org/frankysays
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