Runcorn firefighters visit community centre to help keep young children safe and well
firefighters took a break from saving lives directly by visiting a community
centre to give parents advice on how to keep their young children safe and
potentially life-saving advice given by members of Runcorn Fire Station’s Blue
Watch was geared towards parents of one to three-year-old children.
large number of parents and children attended the talk at Wicksten Drive Christian
Centre in Runcorn yesterday, Tuesday 28 May, and the event was inspired by
Child Safety Week, which starts on Monday 3 June.
by the Child Accident Prevention Trust and supported by Cheshire Fire and
Rescue Service (CFRS) and National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC), the annual
campaign aims to raise awareness of the risks of child accidents and how they
can be prevented.
Watch Crew Manager Kevin O’Neill said: “Helping to prevent accidents is a huge
part of the service that CFRS provides to communities, and young children are
more at risk of accidents than anyone.
such, we are staunch supporters of Child Safety Week and my crew and I were
more than happy to visit the community centre to give a group of parents of
young children potentially life-saving advice.
gave them advice regarding burns and scalds, falls and fire and road safety.
also told them what to do if their child stops breathing or swallows something
they shouldn’t have done, including something poisonous.
gave choking and CPR advice and demonstrations using a baby doll provided by
the centre, and at the end of the talk we answered any questions that the
also handed out accompanying literature for parents to turn to as and when they
need further help and gave them and their children a tour of our fire engine.
were able to take pictures of themselves in the fire engine and everyone seemed
to really enjoy the day, as did my crew and I.
would like to thank all the parents and children for attending and the people
at Wicksten Drive Christian Centre for helping to set up the event.”
smoke alarms were given out at the event to those who revealed that they do not
have working smoke alarms in their home.
and Well Visits were arranged for those who meet the criteria for them.
free visits see Cheshire firefighters and advocates provide far more than the
traditional fire safety and smoke alarm advice.
well as winter warmth safety and atrial fibrillation training, they have
received additional training to provide advice on slips, trips and falls
prevention during Safe and Well Visits.
visits also offer additional support to those who wish to stop smoking or
taking drugs or reduce their alcohol consumption.
more information about Safe and Well Visits and smoke alarms visit CFRS’
website at www.cheshirefire.gov.uk.
For more details about Child Safety Week and advice on keeping your
children safe go online at www.cheshirefire.gov.uk/news-events/latest-news/child-safety-week-2017.