Falkirk playschools supporting Child Safety Week

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Community Safety Advocate Marion Thomson has been out and about in Falkirk.

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The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) has been supporting Child Safety Week, which has been running from 23 June.

The annual campaign is led by the Child Accident Prevention Trust and raises awareness of the risks of accidents and how they can be prevented.

Community Fire Safety Advocate in Falkirk, Marion Thomson, this week, has been visiting eight playschools in the Falkirk Council Area talking about child safety.

Marion says: “We are supporting Child Safety Week in a bid to encourage children to think about the dangers around the home. I have been dressed up as Fireman Sam going to the playschools with items from around the home asking the children if they are safe and telling us why.

“Young children can be easily burned, sometimes leaving them with lifelong injuries and firefighters see the devastating reality of youngsters being injured on a regular basis.

“The visits have been successful and I’ve had help from the crews at Falkirk, Boness and Larbert showing them round the fire engines.

“Our home environment is a child’s sanctuary and playground.  We urge every household to have working smoke alarms. We provide free home fire safety visits and fit smoke alarms where required. Join Scotland’s fight against fire and request a visit by calling the SFRS freephone number 0800 0731 999, or by contacting their local fire station.”

Follow these simple fire safety steps to ensure your family is always safe from fire.

  • A baby’s skin is 15 times thinner than yours. That’s why they can easily get very badly burned
  • A hot drink can scald a young child 15 minutes after it’s been made.
  • Medical professionals count bath water scalds as one of the worst injuries a child can suffer.
  • It can take just 5 seconds for a toddler to suffer a severe scald from water from the bath hot tap.
  • Hair straighteners get as hot as your iron and can hold their heat for up to eight minutes after they are switched off.

To find out more about Child Safety Week visit the Child Accident Prevention Trust website www.childsafetyweek.org.uk.

Photo below: Larbert Red Watch fire engine with Inchlair Nursery School Valeview.

Photo above: Little Stars Nursery

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