Crucial safety lessons for home, school and play

Cleveland Fire Brigade school education co-ordinators Kelly Anderson (front) and Danielle Hudson with Eldon Grove Primary School pupils
Cleveland Fire Brigade school education co-ordinators Kelly Anderson (front) and Danielle Hudson with Eldon Grove Primary School pupils
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HUNDREDS of youngsters are learning important advice on how to stay safe and well at home, at school, and at play.

The annual Crucial Crew event is being held for the 16th year running at Hartlepool Power Station.

It involves children touring a series of workshops to find out more about how to stay safe.

The safety scenarios are shown to Year 6 pupils from 30 schools in the area.

The event was supported by Hartlepool Borough Council, CE Electric UK, Cleveland Fire Brigade, NHS Hartlepool, Cleveland Police, British Transport Police, HM Coastguard and Network Rail.

During the two-week event, which is half way through, more than 1,100 Year 6 pupils are taking part in half day workshops covering fire, road, electrical, railway, building sites and firework safety.

It also looks at safety at in the sea and around the coast.

The programme uses interactive fun including role play and spectacular demonstrations – such as spraying water and high voltage sparks.

In the fire safety simulation, children were shown how to tackle the discovery of a fire in their home and how to deal with the situation on their own.

In road safety, the children not only deal with the casualty of a road traffic accident, but also confront the possibility of abduction.

Station director Paul Newman said: “We are delighted to host this event which mirrors the safety culture we have here on site.

“The scenarios set up by the agencies taking part gave the pupils real environments such as roads or living rooms where there may be potential hazards.

“That half day may just trigger a thought in those taking part in Crucial Crew to look for a car while crossing a road to school or steer them away from other potential dangers.”