As the school holidays begin, parents and carers are being encouraged to talk to their children about how to stay safe over the six week break.
Safety teams from Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) and Northamptonshire Police are promoting a joint campaign called Six Weeks of Summer Safety.
Using the hashtag #6woss the campaign will see daily safety messages promoted on social media around the topics of fire, water, road, railway and online safety.
The aim is to encourage parents and carers to talk to their children about how to make the right decisions to stay safe this summer.
Jo Gouldson, NFRS Community Safety Officer, said: “As the holidays start we want to remind parents and carers of the importance of discussing safety with children and young adults. Simply having a conversation about safe places to play and talking about situations which could potentially become dangerous help give them the information and confidence they need to make good decisions and enjoy their summer holiday safely.”
Safety messages for drivers
With increased numbers of children out and about over the holidays, the campaign will also target drivers to remind them of the need to observe speed limits and keep their attention on the road.
Sara Postlethwaite, of the Safer Roads Team, said: “These are key safety messages we promote throughout the year, but with more youngsters out playing we are reminding all road users about the importance of driving in accordance with speed limits and road conditions and being fully alert.”
“Remember children can forget themselves and dash out after a ball, and like all cyclists, young bicycle riders should be passed slowly leaving plenty of room. Don’t let yourself be distracted behind the wheel, by your phone or a carful of noisy passengers, as the consequences of even a second’s lapse can be fatal.”
10 summer safety conversation starters:
- Have a family escape plan that everyone understands, and practice it so everyone knows what to do if the smoke alarm sounds. Test alarms at least once a month.
- Talk to children and young people about the dangers of playing with fire, matches and lighters and make sure they don’t have access to flammable materials.
- Remind children of how they can stay safer on and around the roads – how to cross safely, how to ride their bike or scooter safely, and make sure they have, and wear, protective gear.
- Talk about the importance of always wearing seatbelts, especially if they are travelling in cars with their friends or friends’ parents.
- Follow the SAFE code around water: S = spot the dangers A= read safety advice signs F = always swim with family or friends E = know what to do in an emergency.
- In an emergency, call 999 – NEVER enter the water. Talk to the casualty, throw what you can to help them, and see if there is anything you can use to reach out to them.
- Never walk, run or play on the railway track – you risk serious injury or death from trains and high voltage electricity.
- Never throw stones at a train or put anything onto the tracks. Even a small object can derail a train.
- Set up smart-phone free zones and times, for example no phones at the dinner table or in children’s bedrooms.
- Only allow online games to be played in communal areas of the home, no game consoles in children’s bedrooms.