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With schools about to break up for the Easter holidays, Kent Fire and Rescue Service is reminding parents to warn their youngsters about the dangers of fire.
Children can be curious about fire and flames. Some can be so fascinated that they’ll put lives, including their own, in danger, so it’s important to teach them how dangerous fire can be and how quickly it can get out of hand.
KFRS Head of Community Safety, Stuart Skilton, said: “Don’t avoid talking to your children because you think it might frighten them. If a fire starts, children need to know exactly what to do.
“If they hear the smoke alarm go off, smell smoke or see a fire, they should get out of the house first and then call 999. Get them involved in making your fire escape plan, and practise it regularly to keep it fresh in their minds. Tell them never to go into a burning building, even if it’s your own home.”
Its not just fires in the home that are a concern, crews are frequently called to outdoor fires. Whether started deliberately or through carelessness, they can quickly spread out of control, destroying wildlife and putting people’s lives and property at risk.
Stuart added: “Make sure you know where your children are if they are playing outside and don’t leave them to wander in the countryside unsupervised and hopefully your children will have a happy and fire safe Easter holiday.”