Beach safety success
written by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue on the 25th June 2013 at 9:46
A three-week campaign to educate young people on how to stay safe this summer has been hailed a success.
More than 1,000 primary school children attended Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service's interactive safety centre, Safetyworks! in Newcastle. They took part in fun awareness sessions covering fire, water and beach safety, just in time for the better weather.
The summer safety campaign involved fire officers from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service and lifeguards from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).
Fire officers taught the children, from schools across Tyne and Wear, the importance of fire safety including:
Dangers of playing with matches
How to stay safe at BBQs
How to make a 999 call
Consequences of deliberately starting a fire
Whilst RNLI lifeguards delivered messages about water safety including:
How to call the coast guard
Life saving techniques in the water
Flags - their meaning and use
Safety at ponds, lakes, rivers and the beach
Staying with friends
What to do in an emergency
The children also learned about first aid, road and travel safety during their visit.
SafetyWorks Manager, Gill Elvin, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service said: "We have been amazed at the response to the campaign. It has been fantastic - so much so that we've already decided to repeat it next year. We must have known the sun would finally come out too, just in time for the children to put their learning into practice when they are outside or on holiday."
Nick Campbell, RNLI Lifeguard Community Engagement Supervisor said: "The RNLI lifeguards thoroughly enjoyed our time working with the Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue team and also the other external agencies involved with the Summer Safety Campaign. It proved very successful and hopefully its success will continue in 2014.
"Children involved in the campaign were extremely well informed after the event and some were lucky enough to get the opportunity to visit the beach and take part in Hit the Surf with the RNLI lifeguards due to this visit. Some children had never been reached by the RNLI's safety messages before, so I am sure this helped in our prevention of incidents and loss of life at sea and around the water.
"The RNLI hopes to carry on the good work with the Fire and Rescue team in 2014 for a Summer Safety Campaign."
Cllr Peter Mole, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Authority Member said: "This has been a great and fun way of helping to keep young people safe. By working together we can make much more of an impact and I'd like to thank the RNLI for working with us on this initiative and for marking a difference to young people's lives."
The summer safety sessions also included support from Northumbria Police and Nexus.
For more information about Safetyworks! visit www.safetyworks.org.uk.
The summer safety campaign ran for three weeks in April and May.
SafetyWorks! is based at Whickham View, Newcastle Upon Tyne.
Caption: Front Street Primary School, Whickham School at Safetyworks! Beach Safety Event.
Originally posted at http://www.twfire.gov.uk/news/news/?entryid67=68544...