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Firefighters across Kent will be in action in their local communities next week to promote a number of key messages as part of Child Safety Week (24 – 30 June).
Child Safety Week is the Child Accident Prevention Trust’s flagship annual community education campaign, raising awareness of serious childhood accidents and how to prevent them, “without wrapping children in cotton wool”.*
Kent Fire and Rescue Service is supporting the campaign by visiting schools, colleges, community groups and events throughout the week to highlight important and potentially lethal issues around fire, water and road safety.
“The main topics being discussed with children and their parents include promoting fire safety in the home,” says Stuart Skilton, Head of Community Safety. “From planning an escape route to discussing the dangers of playing with matches and the possible penalties that can arise from deliberately starting fires as outdoor blazes are a major issue for us across the summer months and sadly, young people are often to blame.”
The crews will also be highlighting road safety to teenagers and raising awareness of the dangers of lakes and rivers as KFRS is called out to a number of water safety incidents each year. Stuart Skilton added: “Youngsters really don’t know what they’re dealing with as often the water is not as safe as it looks; it can be full of rubbish and debris, deeper than it appears and extremely cold. We don’t want to spoil any fun but a bit of thought can mean the difference between a safe summer and tragedy.”
Come and meet fire crews at the following events:
Fun day at Strood Academy, Strood, from 11am to 1pm on 22 June.
Toys’R’Us, Rochester, from 10.30am to 4pm on 24 June
Spring House Children’s Centre, Hope Church, Mill Lane, Sevenoaks, from 10am to 11.30am on 25 June
Oakfield School fete, Dartford, from 3.15pm to 5.15pm on 28 June
Knockholt Children’s Centre, Greenhithe, from 9am to 11am on 28 June
School Fun day visit at St Anslems Primary School, Little Brook Manor Way, Dartford, from 12 to 1pm on 29 June.
Visits across the county include:
A church group in Sevenoaks, a children’s centre in Dunton Green and a day nursery in Dartford.
Note to editors:
To find out more information on the activities taking place, please contact the KFRS press office on (01622) 212425.