South Wales Fire and Rescue Service is encouraging local families and child carers to 'take a second look for safety' as part of Child Safety Week 2011, run by Child Accident Prevention Trust from June 20-26 - www.childsafetyweek.org.uk

Preventable accidents are one of the biggest killers in the UK, and the message coming loud and clear this week is that a few moments of extra thought can make all the difference. Simple checks like checking candles and matches are out of reach, or a quick glance down the hall to ensure an escape route is clear in case of a fire, take just seconds but can save lives.

Andy Marles, Chief Fire Officer, SWFRS and Chairman, South Wales Fire and Rescue Authority, Cllr Anthony Ernest said: "There's nothing more important than the safety of a child in the home, and getting into the habit of taking a quick glance round the room for hazards is a simple step that will make safety an automatic reflex for any parent or carer, and help give real peace of mind.

"Another really vital thing mums and dads can do to keep their family safe is speak to their kids about the importance of fire safety and making sure they know what to do if the worst happens.  Fitting a smoke alarm and involving the children in testing it regularly can also help keep them fire-aware and - most importantly - provide the vital seconds you need to escape in an accidental house fire."

 

Posted: 09.29am, 24.06.11