Ardee school children learn to ‘Keep Safe’

Wednesday 15th November

Roughly 120 children from Scoil Mhuire Na Trocaire , Monastery National School, Ballapoosta National School and Ardee Educate Together attended a Health and Safety Authority ‘Keep Safe’ event at Parish Hall, Ardee, Co Louth.

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.

Speaking at the event, Marie McCarthy, Senior Inspector with the Health and Safety Authority said, “The Keep Safe safety programme teaches children about a lot of different dangers and situations, from safety around water, electricity to farm safety. All of the activities are designed to be fun, interactive and informative. I would like to thank everyone who attended and participated in the event today. The enthusiasm of the students and their teachers along with the agencies make this a really worthwhile event.”

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, fire safety and building site safety.

The agencies involved were; the Health and Safety Authority, ESB Networks, An Garda Síochána, Louth Fire Services, Irish Water Safety, Teagasc, Green Schools, Irish Farmers Association, Irish Coastguard.