Friday, August 31, 2007

School Safety Reminders

School Is Out, Safety Is In:

Summer child safety reminders focus indoors and out
(NC)-With the final ringing of the school bell comes the exodus of children from indoors to the great outdoors, along with a heightened responsibility for mom and dad to help keep their kids summer-safe.

From going over bike, scooter and roller blade safety rules, to dealing with strangers, to staying clear of swollen river banks or deep water cottage docks, parents and grandparents must pick up where educators leave off to continue to instill good safety decision-making skills in kids at an early age.

Local fire departments also point out that indoors, household fire danger never takes a summer vacation. Now is a great time, fire officials stress, to review indoor fire safety rules and escape route drills with kids. Also mandatory is a thorough check of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms that may be past their prime or which have become inoperable, due to worn out batteries or batteries that have been removed due to a recent nuisance alarm from shower steam or burnt toast.

"Local fire departments and prevention officials do an incredible job all year long and work closely with school fire safety and awareness programs in their community," says Carol Heller, vice-president of Kidde Canada, Canada's leading manufacturer of fire safety devices. "But there is only so much they can do. Once summer comes, it is an especially good time for parents to continue those safety lessons with their kids."

Heller agrees with the firefighting community that, by following just a few simple steps, parents can prevent a summertime fire tragedy. These include:

. Create, review and practice a family fire escape route plan

. Update your family's fire protection with the latest advances, including smoke alarms with "Hush" buttons that let you silence nuisance alarms while still keeping your family safe

. Keep all fire safety equipment in peak working order by vacuuming alarms, replacing alarms that are more than 10 years old, and making sure batteries are fresh

Heller adds that, as a major supporter of national fire safety programs, Kidde recently introduced a specialty smoke alarm aimed at school-aged kids to promote greater fire safety awareness and early warning protection.

"Our new Sparky the Fire Dog smoke alarm is made for children's sleeping or play areas and features the latest technology plus a glow-in-the-dark image of Sparky. As a popular safety icon, Sparky serves as an aid to parents to keep fire safety top-of-mind with their kids," she says.

More information on summertime fire safety, including planning escape routes and silencing nuisance alarms, can be found on the web site or at This article is courtesy of

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