The Easter holidays are here and despite mixed weather forecasts, families across Kent and Medway will be wanting to heading outside to make the most of the lighter evenings and - fingers crossed, warmer temperatures.
This spring Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) is urging people across the county to think about their family’s safety; to make the most of the holidays and to protect what they love the most. As part of the Spring Family Safety campaign, KFRS will be using a cartoon family to help get the safety messages across in a thought provoking way.
Head of Community Safety at KFRS, Lee Rose said: "The Byrnes are an average family who live somewhere in the county. Like so many other families across Kent and Medway, the Byrnes family is made up of individuals who go about their daily lives; be it at school, work or at home. They will be helping KFRS explain some of the pitfalls of modern living. Sometimes they will get themselves into situations that could be very dangerous. They will be trying to help us all avoid making similar mistakes.
"Every member of the Byrnes family, including the pets, are much loved. The safety messages they will be helping us deliver all aim to; ‘keep the family safe, protecting those we love the most’."
As the spring term comes to an end and the weather hopefully starts to improve as we head to summer, a lot of people will be spending more time outside. Either in the garden, in the countryside or taking family road trips; a change in the weather brings risks.
Kent Fire and Rescue Service and the Byrnes family will be helping to explain the associated risks around:
Blocked escape routes
Lee Rose said: "We want people to have a fun Easter - but a safe one. We’re encouraging people to take the time to think about safety and the risks involved in all activities, find out if they can make a few small changes which will ensure they have fun in the sun without putting themselves and their family at risk. With that in mind our message is clear – ‘Let the Byrnes make the mistakes, so you don’t!’"
To be able to see what scrapes the Byrnes will be getting into, you’ll need to follow www.facebook.com/kentfirerescue and www.twitter.com/kentfirerescue from Monday 30 March 2015.
For more information about the Byrnes family, please visit www.kent.fire-uk.org/meetthebyrnes and for free home safety advice or to see if you’re eligible for a free home safety visit please call 0800 923 7000