Child Safety Week 2022: Have planned your escape route?

 

 

On Child Safety Week(6-12 June), Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) are sharing important advice to help parents and carers keep their children safe from accidents at home.  

A key risk that we know all too well is fire in the home. We encourage everyone to plan how they would escape their home in the event of a fire and to practice the plan with their children.

Remember, be careful to keep all exits clear in your home, and if they were to become blocked, think about how you would get out.

Steve Quinton, AF&RS Risk Reduction Area Manager, said: “Child Safety Week isn’t about causing carers to be fearful,it’s about empowering them to take steps to protect their children and educate them on how to stay safe.

“Planning an escape route with your children is one of the best ways to prepare for the worst. The next time you are putting your youngsters to bed think about how you would get out safely if there was a fire. Do you have an escape route and does everyone in the house know it?”

Sadly, there is a risk of fire in every room of the home, but the kitchen can be a particularly dangerous place for children, we encourage you to avoid leaving them in a kitchen unsupervised. 

Here’s some top tips to keep your children safe from fire:

  • Avoid using the front of the hob when small children are around.
  • Make sure that saucepan handles don’t stick out to avoid them being knocked off.
  • Fit a childproof guard in front of open fires or heaters.
  • Teach children not to poke anything, including fingers, into sockets and consider getting plug guards.
  • Remember to keep things that can cause fire – such as matches and lighters – out of children’s reach.

The Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) host the annual Child Safety Week to encourage parents and carers to think of the dangers the exist in the home. Sharing key facts and safety considerations, CAPT use this week to highlight how we can work to make our homes safer for children.