As the children are now back at school they’re probably quite busy with homework and readjusting to school timetables and routines.
One regular routine you should try and get into as a family (if you don’t already) is to regularly test smoke alarms, ideally once a week and at least once a month.
Pick a weekday evening (lots of people find ‘test-it Tuesday’ a useful reminder) or some time at the weekend to get together as a family and show your children how quick and easy it is to test smoke alarms. We’ve included some handy worksheets below for you to teach them why this is so important.
Ask your child/children to do some research to see how much they can find out about smoke alarms. Our handy worksheets are a great starting point, especially for younger children.
If your child/children complete any of the school’s team challenges or projects we’d love to hear from you! If you email in photos of their completed work, we will issue them with their very own Hampshire & Isle of Wight Fire & Rescue Service certificate. Email in photos of any completed projects or challenges along with your child’s name to firstname.lastname@example.org
Fire investigation dogs play an important role in the Service. Let your children find out more as they read about the adventures of FIDO, our fire investigation dog.
Every day six young children are admitted to hospital following a burn or scald. As part of our ongoing prevention work, we produced a book with The Children’s Burns Trust called Lizzie’s Accident. This book sensitively tells the true story of a little girl who was severely injured at playschool and has been written to highlight the dangers of scalding.
Keep your little ones entertained with this read-along by Joanna Foster of Jez’s lucky day . Jez lives at home with his mother, grandfather and baby sister. What starts out as a typical Friday for Jez gets better and better. It’s his turn to look after the school hamster and he has spent the afternoon making his very own paper dragon. Jez’s lucky day takes a turn for the worse as he begins to think about making his paper dragon breathe real fire. This read-along story with its colourful illustrations teaches children about different safety hazards in the home and the dangers of playing with fire.
Our Schools Team has created some special videos to teach children all about smoke alarms, from why we need them to where to place them and how to test them. You can access all the videos below:
Teach your children all about the dangers of playing with matches with the ‘Frances the firefly’ video.
If you’re looking for something to occupy the little ones why not take a look at Sparkton. It’s a fun and educational game
From colouring-in sheets and finger-puppets to get your little ones creative, to educational worksheets, we have a variety of learning resources to help you teach your children.
Have you visited the National Education Union (NEU) website for home learning? It’s packed full of fun activities and project ideas for families learning outside of school.
For important advice and safety tips on keeping kids safe during playtime, bedtime and when out and about visit The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents website.
Find out more about their ‘Accident-free, avoid A&E’ campaign.
The Children’s Burns Trust offers valuable support and information on how to prevent burn and scald injuries to children as well as rehabilitation support to burn-injured children and direct support to their families. They also have a fantastic learning zone full of free resources
The Child Accident Prevention Trust provides a wealth of resources and free child safety advice to help keep children safe. This week is Child Safety Week and this year have created a special Parents Pack to help parents take on child safety even when they’re feeling under pressure.
Teach your children about water safety with this range of free water safety activities from the RNLI.