Fire safety advice which has saved a family will be rolled out to more children.
In November fire crews were called to a house in Pudsey after a hoverboard that had been left charging exploded, causing a house fire.
The blaze trapped three children on the first floor of the house.
The fire service says tragedy was averted due to the children remembering advice given to them by firefighters who had visited their school.
Recalling the advice they were given during the visit, they closed the bedroom door, closed the gap on the door with blankets and opened the windows to allow in air and call for help.
The children were taken to hospital as a precaution, but suffered no serious injury.
At a meeting of West Yorkshire Fire Authority’s Community Safety Committee on Friday, firefighters praised the young people, holding them up as an example of how important school visits are, they told members – made up of the five West Yorkshire Councils – that this advice would now be offered to many more children.
Scott Donegan, area manager for prevention and response, told the committee, said of the three children:
“They knew exactly what to do – they followed guidance perfectly and when we arrived at the house they had got themselves into a safe place. It just goes to show how education in schools is really important in saving lives.”
He said the service currently engages with Year 5 pupils in West Yorkshire schools, offering fire safety advice. He added: “We are now expanding that to include every young person in primary school. We hope it will build ongoing and lasting relationships.”
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