This week is the National Fire Chiefs Council Home Safety Week! Each year in the UK, 30 children are killed and more than 900 are injured in accidental house fires. This statistic is tragic, but with increased awareness this figure can be reduced. At Gorse Hill Primary School, we believe that communication is crucial in making sure that our pupils understand how to avoid and eliminate risks. During this week, we will continue to teach students about everyday dangers and how to respond to them.
NFCC Home Safety Week is designed to encourage people to check their home is equipped to prevent the potentially devastating effects of fire. As smoke detection is one of the best ways to reduce the number of home fires, we encourage you to think about whether your home is adequately protected.
In order to emphasise the message of the week, here are a few ways that you can avoid a potential fire risk within your home:
- Keep your escape route clear of toys and other obstacles.
- Ensure matches and lighters are placed at a height where children are unable to reach them.
- Do not let children play or leave toys near a fire or heater.
- Test your smoke alarms monthly and replace them after 10 years.
At Gorse Hill Primary School, all members of staff are involved in encouraging safe practices and we are determined to keep our pupils free from risk.