Mal­low pupils learn to keep it safe

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More than 100 chil­dren from three Mal­low schools at­tended a Health and Safety Au­thor­ity Keep Safe event re­cently at Mal­low Youth Cen­tre.

More than 100 chil­dren from three Mal­low schools — the Con­vent Pri­mary School, St Pa­trick’s NS and Scoil Ghob­natan — at­tended a Health and Safety Au­thor­ity Keep

Safe event re­cently at Mal­low Youth Cen­tre.

A range of state agen­cies and or­gan­i­sa­tions came to­gether to de­liver a pro­gramme 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.

An in­spec­tor with the Health and Safety Au­thor­ity, John Hen­ni­gan ex­plained: “This ini­tia­tive is de­signed for school chil­dren and aims to be an in­ter­ac­tive way for them to learn about is­sues like safety around elec­tric­ity, wa­ter, the roads and more.

“All of the agen­cies that at- tended have pooled their re­sources and knowl­edge for the ben­e­fit of the com­mu­nity and that is to be wel­comed and en­cour­aged.”

The aims of the one day Keep Safe event, he said, were to help chil­dren:

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 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, Con­struc­tion In­dus­try Fed­er­a­tion, Bus Éire­ann, Ir­ish Wa­ter Safety, Ir­ish Coast Guard, Tea­gasc, Cork County Coun­cil Fire Ser­vices, Cork County Coun­cil Civil De­fence, An Garda Síochána and RNLI.

Pic­ture: O’Gor­man Pho­tog­ra­phy.

At the Health & Safety Au­thor­ity ‘Keep Safe’ event were Sharon O’Ma­honey, Tea­gasc ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cer, and Elaine Clif­ford, Tea­gasc Mal­low, with stu­dents from St Pa­trick’s Na­tional School.

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