Up to 100 children from Scoil Chronain, Rathcoole; St. Aidan’s Senior National School, Tallaght and St. Thomas’s Senior National School, Tallaght attended a Health and Safety Authority ‘Keep Safe’ event on Wednesday 11th of April at Rathcoole Community Centre.

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

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 torecognisehazards and manage risks, and
* 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 (HSA), ESB Networks, An Garda Síochána, Dublin Fire Services, Green Schools, RNLI, Teagasc, Construction Industry Federation, Bus Eireann and the Irish Coastguard.

Main Image:  Caroline Murphy from An Taisce Green Schools initiative demonstrating correct fitting of a cycle helmet to children from Scoil Chronain, Rathcoole.

Images Credit: KB Photo