Wexford school children learn how to "Keep Safe"

Wednesday 14th November

Over one hundred primary school children from Scoil Mhuire Coolcotts, Wexford Educate Together, Gaelscoil Charman and CBS Primary School, Wexford have attended a Health and Safety Authority ‘Keep Safe’ event at St. Joseph's Community Centre, Wexford on Wednesday 14th November.

A range of state agencies and organisations came together to deliver the programme which is directed at 5th and 6th class pupils in the school. It aims to promote safety and community awareness through involving the children in a series of interactive scenarios with a strong safety theme.

Speaking about the event Joanne Harmon, Education Manager with the Health and Safety Authority said, “The Keep Safe initiative is specially designed for school children and aims to be an enjoyable and interactive way for them to learn about issues like water safety, electricity, road safety and more.  This kind of multi-agency approach where resources and knowledge are used together for the benefit of the community is to be welcomed and encouraged.”

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, ESB, Bus Éireann, Irish Water Safety, Teagasc, Construction Industry Federation, An Garda Síochána, Wexford Fire Services, Wexford Civil Defence and RNLI.