Monday, 23 June 2014

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service supports Child Safety Week's morning mayhem campaign

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is calling on parents, grandparents and carers to read up on the latest advice this Child Safety Week.

Organised by the Child Accident Prevention Trust, it runs from 23 to 30 June 2014.

This year's campaign is focusing on morning mayhem, when adults are under pressure to get the kids out to school. 

CAPT warns that many typical morning activities – like grabbing hot drinks on the move, using hair straighteners and leaving them out to cool, and leaving stair gates open while you rush to pick up something you’ve forgotten – can leave children at greater risk of accidents.

David Kemp, Partnership Manager at East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, said: "Most households with children will be chaotic in the morning. We are asking those in charge of the kids just to take a bit of extra care and remember to put safety first. Help teach children the safe way to cross roads and cycle.

If you're on the school run, concentrate on the road - we know that many road traffic collisions in this area are caused by drivers not paying attention. The CAPT has some great advice about keeping children safe - we'd encourage people to take the time to check it out.

One final thing you can do is check your smoke alarm and teach your children what to do if it goes off. Plan an escape route and remind them about it from time to time."

The website also has quizzes to test your knowledge.

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