Keep Safe Roadshow Comes to Sligo Schoolchildren

Wednesday 17th November

Over one hundred children from Carbury National School, Mercy Primary School, St John’s National School and Sligo Project School have today (Wednesday 17th November) attended a ‘Keep Safe’ event at Sligo Fire Station.  A range of state agencies and organisations came together to deliver the programme which is directed at 5th and 6th class pupils.  It aims to promote safety and community awareness through involving the children in a series of interactive scenarios with a strong safety theme.

The event was hosted by the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) and facilitated by Junior Achievement Ireland. 

Speaking at the event, Christina McEleney, Health and Safety Authority Board member said, “The Keep Safe initiative is designed to be an enjoyable and interactive way for school children to learn about issues like water safety, electricity, road safety and more.  All of the agencies here today are using their resources and knowledge for the benefit of the community.”

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,
  • learn how to stay safe within the context of, for example, road safety, water safety, fire safety and site safety.

The agencies and organisations that were represented on the day include the Health and Safety Authority, Junior Achievement Ireland, Bus Éireann, Construction Industry Federation, Civil Defence, ESB Networks, Sligo Fire Service, Garda Síochána, Irish Coast Guard, Sligo-Leitrim Mountain Rescue and Sligo County Council (road safety).