Keep Safe Roadshow Comes to Carlow School Children

Thursday 12th March

More than 100 children from Ballinabranna N.S., Tinryland N.S, Old Leighlin N.S. and Scoil Bhríde, Ardough, Carlow, have today (Thursday 12th March) attended a Health and Safety Authority 'Keep Safe' event at Balinabranna GFC, Milford, Carlow

Nine state agencies and regional organisations with a safety remit came together to deliver an interactive safety programme directed at fifth and sixth class pupils. The 'Keep Safe' programme aims to promote safety and community awareness through involving the children in a series of fun and interactive scenarios with an underlying safety theme.

Mark Cullen, Senior Inspector with the Health and Safety Authority said, "This event raises awareness in school children and teaches them how to deal with hazards in a whole range of situations from electrical safety to water safety. The fifth and sixth class students that attend these events learn a lot and we have designed all of the activities to be fun and informative. I would like to thank all of the schools and agencies in attendance today. Their enthusiasm is what makes this programme a continued success."

The aims of the one day 'Keep Safe' event are to help children to:

  • become aware of personal and home safety,
  • learn how to react to dangerous situations,
  • foster good citizenship,
  • learn how to recognise hazards and manage risks, and
  • learn how to stay safe within the context of, for example, road safety, water safety, fire safety and building site safety.

The agencies and organisations that were represented today include the Health and Safety Authority, An Taisce (Green Schools), Bus Eireann, ESB Networks, Carlow Fire and Rescue Services, Civil Defence Carlow, An Garda Síochána, Irish Water Safety (IWS) and Teagasc.