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Nicholas Walecki, 3, takes a look around a fire engine with Fire Fighter Lee Graham at the open day at Sunderland EAst Community Fire Station.

Nicholas Walecki, 3, takes a look around a fire engine with Fire Fighter Lee Graham at the open day at Sunderland EAst Community Fire Station.

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FAMILIES flocked to a fire safety drive on Wearside.

Sunderland East Community Fire Station, in Millfield, Sunderland, hosted the first of a series of free events aimed at cutting the number of domestic blazes in the city.

A demonstration by the Young Firefighters.

A demonstration by the Young Firefighters.

Entertainment included funfair rides and climbing walls, as well as a host of operational drills and chip-pan fire safety demonstrations.

Crews were also on hand to give advice to visitors about the importance of having working smoke alarms, how to plan a fire escape route, keeping safe in the kitchen while cooking and how to avoid electrical accidents.

John Hall, Sunderland district manager at Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Once again, we had a fantastic response to our open day on Sunday providing us with a great opportunity to meet with hundreds of residents and spread all important safety messages while having fun.

“Our annual open day is now a firm favourite in the community calendar and a great way to encourage people to visit their community fire station and find out more about us and how they can take a proactive part in keeping themselves safer from fire and other emergencies.”

Visitors were able to sign up for free home safety checks, which aim to minimise the risk of fire and were given opportunities to look around the station and learn about fire appliances and specialist equipment.

They were also shown how firefighters deal with emergency situations, 
including rope rescue, traffic collisions and the use of an aerial ladder 
platform.

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Tips for kids

Fire safety tips for children:

l Don’t play with matches and lighters. If you see matches or a lighter where you can reach them, don’t touch them.

l Ask your parents to install smoke detectors on every floor and in the sleeping areas of your home.

l Remind your parents to test your smoke detectors every month. Make sure everyone is familiar with its piercing sound.

l When your parents change the time on your clocks twice a year, ask them to change your smoke alarm batteries.

l To escape during a fire, Fall & Crawl. It is easier to breath in a fire if you stay low while getting out.

l Have an escape plan and practise it.