Help keep your children safe this spring
With spring now upon us we are raising awareness and warning parents and guardians to the common dangers faced by young children in the run up to the summer months. Each year we attend incidents involving young children and sadly sometimes these incidents end in tragedy. Adventurous children often place themselves in danger without realising the potential consequences. Please follow the simple guidance below.
Always keep matches and lighters away from children. As the weather improves and things start to dry out, children setting fire to rubbish and grass can result in fire crews attending incidents that not only damage the natural and local environment, but potentially prevents fire crews from attending more serious life threatening fires.
Make sure your children are aware of the dangers of swimming in canals, ponds, reservoirs and rivers. The temperature of inland water does not vary much throughout the year. The water in Britain is still very cold in the spring and summer and people can quickly become affected by the cold putting themselves into difficulties, tragically too many children drown every year. Swimming should always be confined to a supervised pool with lifeguards.
Children climbing onto factory roofs and other buildings put themselves in great danger; this can result in the fire service attending a fatal incident to assist paramedics in gaining access to buildings where children have fallen through the roof.
Know where your children are this spring. Hoax calls tend to increase during the spring and summer months. Remember, hoax calls cost lives! A fire engine cannot be in two places at one time. If we are responding to a hoax call it means we may be delayed in responding to a life threatening emergency.
The age group most at 'risk' of being injured on the roads as a pedestrian are children aged between 5 and 14 years of age, with the highest casualty rates occurring with children aged 12. Children are also at risk of being killed or injured on the roads as cyclists. Walking and cycling should continue to be promoted as healthy, enjoyable activities. The challenge is to give children the skills, understanding and confidence to deal with roads and traffic safely. As a minimum please ensure your children know how to cross the road safely, have taken a cycling proficiency course and always wear a seat belt when travelling in a car. All cyclists should wear a properly fitted cycle helmet.
Network Rail (opens in a new tab) are asking parents and guardians to help them explain and make clear the dangers of trespassing on the railway to their children, and to help them keep their children safe, by asking them to stay away from the tracks, especially during the lighter evenings and school holidays. The railway is extremely dangerous and along with other hazards, such as electrification of the lines, it poses potentially fatal consequences to anyone who trespasses. Apart from being very dangerous, it is illegal to trespass on the railway track. Too many people’s lives are lost or ruined because they decided to take risks on the tracks.