Louth schoolchildren taught how to react to dangerous situations

'Keep Safe' programme teaches children how to react to hazards

Dundalk Democrat

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Dundalk Democrat

Louth schoolchildren taught how to react to dangerous situations

UP to 120 schoolchildren from across Co Louth have attended a Health and Safety Authority ‘Keep Safe’ event at Parish Hall in Ardee.

Pupils from Scoil Mhuire Na Trocaire, Monastery National School, Ballapousta National School and Ardee Educate Together attended the event.

Nine state agencies and regional organisations with a safety remit delivered 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 Keep Safe safety programme teaches children about a lot of different dangers and situations, from safety around water, electricity to farm safety," said Health and Safety Authority Senior Inspector Marie McCarthy.

“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."

She added: “The enthusiasm of the students and their teachers along with the agencies make this a really worthwhile event.”
The aim of the one day ‘Keep Safe’ event is 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 learn how to stay safe within the context of 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, and the Irish Coastguard.