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Help keep your Children Safe this Spring

With spring now upon us Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service (GMFRS) are raising awareness and warning parents and guardians to the common dangers faced by young children on the run up to the summer months. Each year we attend an increased number of incidents involving young children, sadly quite often these incidents end in tragedy. Adventurous children often place themselves in danger without realising the potential consequences. Please follow the simple guidance below;

  • FIRES - Always keep matches and lighters away from children. As the weather improves and the things start to dry out, children setting fire to rubbish and grass can result in fire crews attending incidents that not only damage the natural and local environment, but potentially prevents fire crews from attending more serious life threatening fires.
  • WATER AWARENESS - Make sure your children are aware of the dangers of swimming in canals, ponds and rivers. The temperature of inland water does not vary much throughout the year. The water in Britain is still very cold in the spring and summer and people can quickly become affected by the cold putting themselves into difficulties, tragically too many children drown every year. Swimming should always be confined to a supervised pool with life guards.
  • DANGEROUS BUILDINGS - Children climbing onto factory roofs and other buildings put themselves in great danger; all too often this results in the fire service attending a fatal incident to assist paramedics in gaining access to buildings where children have fallen through the roof.
  • MALICIOUS CALLS - Know where your children are this spring - Hoax calls tend to increase during the spring and summer months, remember hoax calls cost lives! A fire engine cannot be in two places at one time. If we are responding to a hoax call it means we may be delayed in responding to a life threatening emergency. For further advice and information CLICK HERE
  • ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR – Spring time is historically a time of increased demand upon the services of Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Services.  Do You Know What Your Children Are Doing?  For further advice and information CLICK HERE 
  • BARBECUE SAFETY - Barbecues should be a safe and enjoyable experience but it's all too easy to be distracted when you have friends and family around you whilst cooking.  So be prepared by reading our essential barbeque tips for staying safe. For further advice and information CLICK HERE 
  • ROAD SAFETY - The age group most at 'Risk' of being injured on the roads as a pedestrian are children aged between 5 - 14 years of age, with the highest casualty rates occurring with children aged 12.  Children are also at risk of being killed or injured on the roads as cyclists. Walking and cycling should continue to be promoted as healthy, enjoyable activities.  The challenge is to give children the skills, understanding and confidence to deal with roads and traffic safely.  As a minimum please ensure your children know how to cross the road safely, have taken a cycling proficiency course and always wear a seat belt when travelling in a car. ALL cyclists should wear a properly fitted cycle helmet. 
  • RAIL SAFETY – Network Rail are asking parents to help them explain and make clear the dangers of trespassing on the railway to their children, and to help them keep their children safe, by asking them to stay away from the tracks, especially during the lighter evenings and school holidays. The railway is extremely dangerous and along with other hazards such as electrification of the lines it poses potentially fatal consequences to anyone who trespasses.  Apart from being very dangerous, it is illegal to trespass on the railway track.  Too many people’s lives are lost or ruined because they decided to take risks on the tracks.  For further advice and information from Network Rail CLICK HERE or CLICK HERE to read Network Rail’s Rail Life safety guide leaflet.