Nathan Nally Henson and his mum Nuala enjoyed a really fun and informative visit to Athlone Fire Station ahead of this week’s National Fire Safety Week. The Midlands Science Festival team will be making a return visit to the Fire Station during Science Week to teach local pupils all about fire safety, the equipment used and the important procedures we need to know all about.
During the next visit, children will have the opportunity to ask some of the friendly Athlone fire officers questions about fire safety, get a tour of the facility, see the engines and get a feel for how it all works when the station gets a call out.
Fire safety begins at home..Here are some simple tips to teach children..
Create an easy to follow escape plan and a safe meeting place outside your home.
Practice fire safety and keep your home safe! Ensure children know about the dangers. It can be simple things like making sure they aren’t too close to the hob while something is cooking or keeping candles out of reach if lit. The majority of fires within the home begin in the kitchen.
Install Smoke Detectors! Statistics show that more than half of all fire deaths occur in homes with no smoke alarms, and nearly three quarters of fire deaths occur in homes without alarms or with non-functioning alarms.
And don’t forget to test them! Make sure the batteries are good and that the smoke detector itself is in proper working condition. Working smoke detectors save lives.
Keep a fire extinguisher in a handy location. The best location is typically just inside a door or entrance, out of the reach of children. Remember, a fire extinguisher is no substitute for the fire station officers, but it can be used to stop a small fire from getting out of control.
Keep safe during Fire Safety Week and always!