Children learn to stay safe at Bicester fire station

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BICESTER Children’s Centre took families on a trip to the town fire station on Tuesday as part of Child Safety Week.

Trained volunteers from the county Footsteps programme taught children how to keep safe in various traffic situations on the way to the fire station in Queen’s Avenue.

When they arrived, firefighters spoke to parents and children about fire safety as well as giving them a tour of the fire station.

Stuart Garner, Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman, said: “There’s nothing more important than the safety of a child, whether this is in the home or out on the roads.

“Getting into the habit of taking a second glance around for hazards is a simple step which will make safety an automatic reflex for any parent or carer and help give real peace of mind.

“Another really vital thing mums or dads can do to keep their family safe is speak to their children about the importance of fire safety and making sure they know what to do if the worst happens.

“Fitting a smoke alarm and involving the children in regular testing can assist in keeping them fire-aware and most importantly help in providing the vital seconds you need to escape should a fire occur.”

Child Safety Week is a national initiative promoted by the Child Accident Prevention Trust.