Eastbourne School Kids Learn From Firefighters

Wednesday 8th June 2016

eastbourne buzz news - Child safety week 2016

Children at an Eastbourne school are getting a visit from East Sussex Fire and Rescue this week.

To mark Child Safety Week (6-12 June), firefighters will be dropping into Ocklynge Junior School to raise awareness of the risks of accidents and how they can be prevented to help the youngsters to lead safer lives.

East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service’s Assistant Director for Safer Communities, Andy Reynolds, said, “This year’s Child Safety Week theme is very apt because casualty reduction on the roads is a top priority for East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service.”

Lessons are designed and styled for maximum child participation and in line with national strategies and curriculum standards including:

  • PSHE (Personal Social Health Education)
  • SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning)
  • The Healthy Schools Programme.

This year the team will be highlighting how easy it is to become distracted near a busy road when either watching a YouTube video, chatting on the phone, or listening to music through headphones. These are all dangerous distractions which can result in a fatality on the road, due to being unable to hear either the sound of screeching brakes or a horn sounding.

Young pedestrians have difficulty judging speed and distance until they are at least eight-years-old and older children are still at risk: the number of children injured as pedestrians peaks at 12 when many children start travelling to and from school on their own.

Facts around keeping youngsters safe on the road:

  • Make sure young children know to hold your hand or use walking reins.
  • Start to teach the Green Cross Code from around the age of five.
  • Set a good example and avoid dashing across the road.
  • Remind children not to talk or text on mobiles or listen to music when crossing the road.

 Tips on staying safe when it comes to using technology:

  •  When crossing the road, avoid distractions by turning your phone off and putting it away.
  • When cooking, avoid distractions such as TV, the internet and your phone. Use a timer to remind you to turn your cooker off.
  • Don't leave mobile phones or tablets charging overnight. Turn off any electrical appliances when not in use.


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