National Child Safety Week

National Child Safety Week

This year Child Safety Week runs from 21st to 27th June with the theme “Make time for Safety”.
Children are by nature naive and inquisitive and as such can find trouble where adults can see no danger.

The number of fire incidents involving children is staggering and parents should heed the warnings that failure to educate children about the dangers of fire and playing with fire could and does have tragic consequences.

How many households actively discuss fire safety with their children, explain what to do in the event of fire, tell them the safest escape route, or how to dial 999. On modern double glazed windows the key locks are often removed and stored elsewhere. Do the kids know how to open them?

Child safety week should be a reminder to all parents to take time out to consider the worst case scenario’s and impress on their kids the real dangers of playing with matches, lighters, cleaning liquids and medicines. When you take time to think about it safety is just common sense.

Are adequate fire alarms fitted, most commonly smoke detectors and are they tested regularly?
Are medicines stored in secure cupboards or better still purpose made cabinets well out of reach of children.
Candles and tea lights are a particularly risk and cause significant numbers of fires in bedrooms.
Matches and Lighters should obviously not be left lying around for the kids to find.
Never leave the kids unsupervised in the kitchen when cooking is in progress and have a fire blanket on hand to smother flames quickly.
Don’t leave clothes and toys on the stairs or in doorways -they are an accident just waiting to happen.

Sitting down for a half hour or so with the family to discuss and explain the dangers, make a fire action plan and set some house safety rules will give parents some peace of mind and raise awareness of safety issues that will hopefully stick in the minds of the children.

As part of National Child safety week a great deal of work is being done by the emergency services and fire brigades in schools and awareness events up and down the country. Parents should do their bit and help reduce avoidable child injuries and fatalities.

Tony

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