27 November 2012

Northamptonshire school children are set to learn more about how to stay safe with the launch of a new scheme on Tuesday (27th November).

Northamptonshire County Council’s fire and rescue service is launching the Schools Safety Challenge for use in all primary, infant and junior schools across the county.

The scheme is funded by the Electrical Safety Council and will include a new interactive webpage to be used in classrooms to help educate children about how to stay safe.

The webpage includes educational quizzes and activities covering a range of messages including fire safety, water safety, road safety, personal safety and home safety including electrical safety. Lessons plans have also been included for teachers to support the use of the webpage.

The Schools Safety Challenge also includes a home fire safety check list designed for children to take home and, along with the families, identify any potential risks in the home.

As part of the scheme the fire and rescue service is also planning a countywide Schools Safety Challenge next year where children in schools across Northamptonshire will compete to test their safety knowledge.

Cabinet member for infrastructure and public protection Councillor Andre Gonzalez de Savage said: “We are launching the new School Safety Challenge to modernise our education programme to reach more school children with important safety tips and advice.

“From fire safety to electrical safety, the new webpage covers a variety of issues as well as information which can be used by teachers as part of their lesson plans. We hope that children will also share what they have learned with their families, to help keep everyone safe at home.”

Chief fire officer Martyn Emberson said: “The Schools Safety Challenge is a great opportunity for teachers to include safety issues in their lessons.

“It allows children to develop their learning and understanding of a wide range of risks in a fun and innovative way. Schools can also enter a team into a countywide competition so that their students can show off what they have learned as part of the scheme.”