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Safety is at the heart of Dartford fire station open day

Safety is at the heart of Dartford fire station open day

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27 July 2016

Dartford firefighters will be throwing open the fire station doors to host a family fun day on Saturday, 6 August from 11am to 3pm.

The free event is aimed at families with primary school aged children but everyone is welcome. Visitors to the fire station on Watling Street, Dartford will get the opportunity to find out about the work their local firefighters do to help keep them safe.

Dartford watch manager, Dave Read, said: “Mealtimes can be a busy time for families and often residents find themselves trying to juggle many other tasks while trying to cook. It’s easy to get distracted by the phone ringing, the kids wanting your attention or a knock on the door, before you know it the food you left cooking unattended catches fire.

“Our chip pan fire demonstrations will show just how quickly a fire can start in the kitchen. These will be repeated throughout the day so you won’t miss out if you come for the afternoon instead.”

Visitors to the event next month will be able to experience the hazard perception room, crawling gallery and a host of other interesting and fun activities. The children can see the fire engines, dress up as firefighters and put out pretend fires and at the same time, the whole family will learn vital fire safety skills.

Dave added: “We’ll do mock fire drills, talk about the best route out of the home and what to do in the event of a fire. We will also be encouraging families to test their smoke alarms and practice the fire escape plan regularly from different rooms in their homes so that the whole family is prepared in case of a real fire.”

There will be a variety of fun but educational activities available throughout the day for families to experience, including the British Red Cross education team who will be on hand to share basic first aid skills, to help families in an emergency. Also Kent County Council’s road safety officer and the Kent Community Health team. Refreshments and an ice cream van will also be available.

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