Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) has released a heart-warming video in the run up to Christmas in the hope it will encourage families across Kent and Medway to put simple fire safety at the heart of their home to make Christmas a memorable time for the right reasons.
The video has been made with the support of pupils and teachers at Loose Primary School near Maidstone.
KFRS community safety officers visited the school to carry out a fire safety session, similar to the hundreds carried out by KFRS in primary schools throughout the year - however this one focused on festive fire safety. The children learnt about the important things that will keep them, their families and homes safe over Christmas and New Year. The children then wrote letters to their mums and dads, like they did to Santa but instead of asking for toys or gadgets the children asked for important safety checks to be done around the house.
The parents of the children were invited back a week later to watch their children in special videos reading their letters. However in a secret twist there was a special surprise in store; while watching the film their child crept into the room to ask if they would keep them safe.
The results are very powerful and are intended on helping to remind people about the importance of keeping those we love the most as safe as possible.
Assistant Director for Community Safety at Kent Fire and Rescue Service, Ian Thomson said: “Christmas and New Year is a time for celebrations, with family and friends coming together to enjoy the festivities. It’s easy to become distracted with so much going on and easy for disaster to happen.
Thanks to the children at Loose Primary School, we hope the video will strike a chord with mums and dads across the county by encouraging them to make it memorable for the right reasons - by taking a few moments to follow our top tips for keeping the family safe this Christmas and New Year.”
Family and Communities Manager at Loose Primary School, Ingrid Dutch said: “Being part of this festive safety video was something we at Loose Primary School really didn’t need to think twice about. Fire safety at any time of year is important, but with the excitement of Christmas and the increased flammable materials around the home – it’s even more vital we’re all aware of the increased risks. Our children were all incredibly engaged with the team from KFRS, and proved that as they all went home that night making sure the safety measures were put in place.
Ingrid added: “We take all aspects of safeguarding very seriously and this really helped teach our children some very important life skills.”
Kent Fire and Rescue Service will be there when you need us over the festive period and throughout 2018 - working 24 hours a day to keep Kent and Medway safe from fire and other emergencies. If you have a fire get out, stay out and call us out - dial 999 immediately.
Ian added: "We would like wish everyone a safe, well and happy Christmas and 2018."