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Fire Service Targets Children In New Saftey Campaign

Go for Gold

9:18am 14th June 2012
(Updated 9:19am 14th June 2012)

Teaching children about fire safety at home can reduce the number of domestic blazes in Dorchester, Weymouth and Portland.

That's the message from Dorset Fire and Rescue who has launched their new summer campaign called "Go for Gold".

It aims to get more youngsters checking their homes for fire hazards which Officers hope will then be noticed by their parents.

A number of local Schools have visited Weymouth Community Station's high tech "Fire Wise" centre, that features a mock-up house filled with dangerous hazards which they have point out to Safety Officers who conduct an informative tour.

Chairman of Dorset Fire Authority Rebecca Knox says educating children is so important, click the player below to hear more.

 

Rebecca Knox says their special "Fire Wise" centre really helps people learn, click the player below for more from the Fire Chairman.

 

Each child is encouraged to collect special safety certificates.

To achieve a Bronze certificate, households need to have a working smoke alarm, tested regularly. To achieve a Silver certificate, a working smoke alarm and a well-practised escape plan is essential. Young people can sign up for a free Home Safety Check or self-assessment pack at www.dorsetfire.co.uk and when they do they will receive an exclusive Gold certificate.

Youngsters can collect as many Gold certificates as they like, by referring their grandparents, aunts, uncles and other family and friends (with their permission of course).

A series of adverts will also be running on Wessex FM to publicise the campaign.

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