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Make testing your smoke alarm child's play

Make testing your smoke alarms child's play

9 March 2016

Dartford's fire crews are paying a special visit to Madplay, the indoor activity centre in Greenhithe this Sunday, (13 March) to encourage people to make time for the 'unsung heroes' in their homes.

Blue Watch Crew Manager, Neil Jones, explains: "To protect your family and keep your home safe from fire you need to put time aside each week to test your smoke alarms. If there's a fire in your home, the smoke will spread fast. Smoke alarms are vital - they can't warn you or give you time to get out and save your life if you they don't work."

While the kids take a break from playing on brightly coloured tunnels, climbing frames, slides and in ball pits, firefighters will give them a smoke alarm activity sheet. Youngsters will be encouraged to draw a face on their smoke alarm, colour it in and give their unsung hero a name. Photos of the children with their completed posters can be posted on Kent Fire and Rescue Service's (KFRS) Facebook page by their parents.

Fire crews will also spend time talking to parents and carers and providing life-saving fire safety tips. They will be at Madplay Children's Play Centre, 208 Charles Street, Greenhithe, DA9 9AJ between 11am-1pm.

Lisa Brook, owner of Madplay said: "We pride ourselves on providing children with a happy, fun and safe place to play, so are only too happy to help KFRS keep our families safe at home."

Neil ended: "Belongings are replaceable, your family isn't. Please don't take chances, have an escape plan that your whole family know and make sure the unsung heroes in your home stand guard around the clock to keep you and your loved ones safe."

If you would like some free advice, or to find out if you’re eligible for a free home safety visit, please call Kent Fire and Rescue Service, or email us, all our services are free of charge.

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