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Prevention staff and firefighters have been highlighting how to keep children safe from fire as
part of Child Safety Week.
They have given presentations to pupils in schools, visited children’s centres to speak to parents
and attended groups such as Brownies and youth clubs.
As well as giving advice to children, they have been telling parents how to give their own
children the knowledge to stay safe from fire in the home.
Child Safety Week is the Child Accident Prevention Trust’s annual community education campaign and aims to raise awareness of accidents that kill or injure children each year and steps that can be taken to prevent them.
During the week firefighters and fire prevention highlighted a series of messages.
They asked parents to nominate their child as an “escape champ” by regularly role-playing escape routes and giving children the responsibility of keeping escape routes clear.
People were also be encouraged to get “key clever” and ask children to check the house keys are kept in a specific place in the home where they can be accessed in the event of a fire.
Parents were advised that children should never be left alone in the kitchen while food is cooking.
Advice was given around electrical appliances. Parents were advised to teach children not to poke anything into electrical sockets and not to put their fingers into sockets.
Families were advised to ensure they have a working smoke alarm fitted on each level of their home and to test them every week.
Parents were encouraged to discuss with their children how to call 999 in the event of an emergency. They were urged to ensure their child knows their full address and where possible to pin this information near the phone to give to an operator if they have to call 999.
Children were made aware that in the event of an emergency, they should get out, stay out and call 999 and never go back into a property that is on fire.
MF&RS Home Safety Manager, Kevin Johnson, said:
“Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service supported Child Safety Week by highlighting fire safety to families with children.
“Our firefighters and fire prevention staff visited schools, nurseries, children’s centres, community groups and special events to meet as many children and parents as possible to encourage fire safety.
“There are some very simple steps that can be taken to help keep children safe from fire. We hope the information will empower children to know what to do in the event of a fire in the home. Children are also encouraged to help their own families to think about fire safety.”
Firefighters from the UK International Search and Rescue Team (UK ISAR) rescued more than 100 people from their homes following widespread flooding in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The team, which included Merseyside firefighters, also delivered humanitarian aid, including clean water, food and medical supplies to around 500 homes surrounded by flooding.
A team of 33 firefighters from Merseyside, Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Hampshire, Lincolnshire, West Midlands, Mid and West Wales and West Sussex were deployed to the Balkan region.
Led by Area Manager Nick Searle, they
were tasked with assisting the Local
Emergency Management Authority (LEMA) in Bijeliin, in North-West Bosnia.
Station Manager Tony Brown and six firefighters from Croxteth were among the team.
They were equipped with a range of water response equipment including four rigid inflatable boats, which were used to transport people to relief centres.
Water levels in some areas were reported to be around two-and-a-half metres and people were trapped on the first or second floor of their homes. There were
also issues of contaminated water.
The team worked with local engineers to re-introduce electrical power supplies across the region by helping to transport personnel and re-routing cables back to
main substations, resulting in power being restored in many homes.
They also delivered food supplies to stranded livestock and transported military personnel.
Speaking during the deployment, Area Manager Nick Searle said: "The houses are very isolated so we are moving up to each house in rigid inflatable boats,
speaking to people who are inside who are all on the first floor or second floor of those properties and asking them if they would like to be removed to a place of safety.
"It was a horrendous situation. The water levels were up to two and a half metres in most of the villages. There were people on the first or second floor of the property.
“We brought a decontamination unit so all 33 UK firefighters are decontaminated at the end of each day."
Fire prevention advocate Kasia Pietruczuk speaking to parent Rajasri Mishra at Cambridge Children's Centre & Nursery School in Bootle.
Photo supplied by Area Manager Nick Searle and the ISAR team.
Photos: Lyndsay Young.
Fire prevention advocate Ian Harvey pictured with children at The Grange Primary School in Bootle at a fire safety talk.
Firefighter Chris Robinson, at the front of the boat, with a pig that was transported to safety from the flooding.

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