18 June 2010

As child safety week (21st to 27th June) approaches Northamptonshire County Council is planning activities in the county’s children’s centres to promote child safety in the home, with a special focus on fire prevention.

The council’s fire and rescue service and early years and childcare services have been working to ensure that all families who use their local children’s centre can benefit from a FREE home fire safety check and the chance to find out more about preventing other child accidents.

Prevention manager for the fire and rescue service Lisa Bryan, said “Every year in the UK, 16 children under the age of 11 are killed in fires and a further 1300 are injured*.

“Led by the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT), child safety week is an excellent time for us to focus our safety messages on families with young children and continue the excellent joint work we have been doing with children’s centres across the county

“Children’s centres are ideally placed to identify families with young children that might benefit from a home fire safety check as well as the installation of home safety equipment to address other safety issues.

“There is a higher than average accident rate in the town for under 5s and we hope to reduce the number of hospital treatments by making homes safer. We are also hoping to extend this scheme to other parts of the county this year.”

During the week staff from the fire and rescue service will be at the following children’s centres providing specialist fire safety advice, ensuring families have a working smoke alarm and that everyone in their household knows what to do in the event of a fire:

  • Woodford Halse
  • Daventry
  • Thorplands, Northampton
  • Upton - Camphill, Northampton
  • Rushden
  • Kingswood, Corby

Additional information:

Home fire safety checks are a free service available to all families with young children. During these visits fire and rescue service personnel give advice on how to prevent fires and will provide and fit smoke alarms if they are needed.

Families can request a Home Fire Safety Check at any time via their local children’s centre or by telephoning 0800 38 999 50 or emailing safetycheck@northantsfire.org.uk

In Northampton there is now a scheme operating between the children’s centres and Care & Repair (Northampton) Limited to carry out home visits and install safety equipment for families who can’t afford to make their own homes safer, these families can then also be referred for a home fire safety check. The Home Safety Equipment Scheme is readily available through Northampton children’s centres.

* Data based on incidents between 2007 and 2008