Fifth and sixth class pupils from four local schools in Ardee were at Ardee Parish Centre on Wednesday to speak to a number of state and regional agencies about how to keep safe – at home, at school and elsewhere.
Around about 120 children from Scoil Mhuire Na Trocaire, the Boys Monastery National School, Ballapousta National School and Ardee Educate Together School attended a ‘Keep Safe’, held by the Health and Safety Authority.
Nine state agencies and regional organisations with a safety remit – consisting of the HSA, ESB Networks, An Garda Siochana, Louth Fire Service, Irish Water Safety, Teagasc, Green Schools, Irish Farmers Association and the Irish Coastguard – 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.
The HSA aim to used the one-day event aims 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 also to learn how to stay safe in various situations including on the road and in the event of a fire.
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 on Wednesday. The enthusiasm of the students and their teachers along with the agencies make this a really worthwhile event.”
Ardee Fire Service Safety Officer Adrian Mackin was among those in attendance, alongside officers from the Ardee Brigade. Children who attended were taught about and demonstrated Fire Service Breathing Apparatus and Road Traffic Collision Equipment.
Dundalk Red Watch firefighter Michael Dawe also brought the children outdoors to demonstrate the dangers of a chip pan fire, stating they should never, EVER put water on a chip pan fire.
Ardee Fire Crew FF Dermot Murray and FF Liam Mullane demonstrate Fire Service Breathing Apparatus and Road Traffic Collision Equipment to the students at the Ardee Keep Safe Event. Thanks to @JA_Irl and @TheHSA pic.twitter.com/HqV6nv2Eiu
— Louth County Council (@louthcoco) November 15, 2017