Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service as part of the Fire Kills campaign is encouraging local families and child carers to Tackle Teatime Terrors. Staying safe is part of Child Safety Week 2015, run by the Child Accident Prevention Trust from 1 to 7 June – www.childsafetyweek.org.uk.
Marc House, Community Safety Prevention Manager said: “Half of all accidental fires in the home start in the kitchen – we would recommend taking extra care, by making sure you don’t get distracted when cooking, this could be by your phone or chatting with family or friends. If you leave the stove, even for a short period of time, turn off the cooking.
“Another really vital thing mums and dads can do to keep their family safe is talk to their kids about the importance of fire safety and make sure they know what to do if the worst happens. Fitting smoke alarms 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 a fire. This could develop a life-saving habit for the future.”
Katrina Philips, the CEO of the Child Accident Prevention Trust, said, "Preventing deaths and serious injury from accidents lies at the heart of Child Safety Week. Families can take simple steps to protect themselves from the devastation caused by fire; testing smoke alarms, putting matches and candles out of reach and keeping escape routes clear all take a few moments. We are delighted that fire and rescue authorities are supporting the Week and families to make a real difference to protecting children.”
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To request free Home Safety advice call free on: now 0800 0502999. For any other fire safety advice, contact the Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue helpline on: 01392 872288 or visit our website www.dsfire.gov.uk
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