National Fire Authority (NFA) is pleased with the overwhelming response by the pre-school institutions for bringing their children to the NFA fire stations around the country to educate their children on fire safety.
NFA CEO John O’Connor said they are thankful to these pre-school institutions for visiting the fire station to educate their children on fire prevention and protection measures.
This week alone, Fire Stations around the country have attended to over five hundred pre-school children from various pre-school institutions.
“This is a tremendous response and we appreciate the support by the teachers and parents as well for taking this important responsibility in educating the children about the importance of fire safety,” Mr O’Connor said.
“It is very important for parents and guardians to discuss and educate their children about fires and fire safety as this will make them aware of the dangers and the consequences of a fire.
“It is the responsibility of the parents to educate their children about fire safety since they are ultimately responsible and accountable for the safety and wellbeing of their children.
Mr O’Connor raised his concern that as a result of parental negligence of children by some of the parents, it has resulted in injuries and children’s death at their tender age.
“We use fire ignition sources in all our homes and parents must accept and acknowledge that a fire can happen at any time at home and must ensure that all the family members are aware of what to do in case of a fire,” Mr O’Connor said.
“Children playing with matches is one of the leading causes of home fires over the years and it is important that as parents, we should take the first step and discuss these important messages with our children to avoid a disaster in our home,” Mr O’Connor said.
“A fire can happen at any time to anyone at anywhere so we and our families need to be prepared,” Mr O’Connor added.