East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is encouraging local families and child carers to be a Safety Hero by taking simple measures to stay safe as part of Child Safety Week 2013, run by the Child Accident Prevention Trust from June 24-30.
Dave Sheppard, the borough commander at the fire station in Whitley Road said, “Preventable accidents are one of the biggest killers in the UK, and the message coming loud and clear this week is that a few moments extra thought can make all the difference.
“Small steps like testing your smoke alarms and making sure candles and matches are out of reach, or a quick glance down the hall to ensure an escape route is clear in case of a fire, take just seconds but can save lives.
“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 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 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 a fire. This could develop a lifesaving habit for the future.”
The specialist Community Safety team in Eastbourne offers free home safety visits and talks on fire safety in the home and further information see www.childsafetyweek.org.uk