YOUNGSTERS in Hartlepool are learning all about everyday dangers.
Hundreds of schoolchildren have been descending on the visitor centre at Hartlepool Power Station for the annual Crucial Crew event.
The two-week initiative by a number of safety agencies involves interactive workshops, presentations and role play to highlight the importance of staying safe in a variety of potentially dangerous situations.
Awareness of danger is being raised through scenarios including fireworks safety, Billy’s Bedroom, building site dangers, House of Hazards, road safety, stranger danger, railway safety involving Network Rail, electrical safety and seaside safety with help from HM Coastguard.
The scheme is run for all Hartlepool primary schools and is specifically designed for Year 6 children.
Power station director Simon Parsons said: “I managed to see all the safety scenarios last year and having spoken to some of the children who were at the event I know how powerful this event can be.
“Trying to make safety awareness interesting and relevant to primary school age children isn’t easy, but the team that puts Crucial Crew together has managed to do it.
“I am very proud that we can play our part in offering our facilities, including using the visitor centre for the first time.”
The initiative runs until Thursday, October 16 and it is organised by Hartlepool Childhood Injury Prevention Group.
Schools including St Joseph’s and Kingsley took part in the opening ceremony hosted by the Power Station’s Brian Matthews.
EDF Energy at Hartlepool Power Station and its predecessor companies have hosted this event since 1996.
More than 21,000 town youngsters have attended events, with 32 schools involved this year.
The initiative is developed in conjunction with multi-agency services to highlight a range of personal safety and accident prevention issues.
During the fortnight a competition is ran, resulting in a Crucial Crew awards ceremony, in January, where the winner gets a trophy.
In addition to EDF Energy’s support, the initiative is backed by Hartlepool Council, Northern Power Grid, Cleveland Fire Brigade, British Heart Foundation, Cleveland Police, HM Coastguard, Elaine Saint Partnerships and Network Rail.