Summer campaign to keep children safe

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service join RNLI lifeguards in this year's SafetyWorks! campaign.
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service join RNLI lifeguards in this year's SafetyWorks! campaign.

A new campaign has been launched to help keep children safe this summer.

The multi-agency interactive education centre SafetyWorks! is celebrating its most successful year on record with more than 1,660 primary school children visiting.

And to mark the occasion, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service has launched its summer campaign.

The campaign – involving fire officers and RNLI lifeguards – will enable youngsters to take part in fun awareness sessions covering fire, water and beach safety while also learning about first aid, road and travel safety.

The SafetyWorks! team will deliver sessions about how to stay safe when playing outside and at barbecues, and Northumbria Police officers will present advice on stranger danger.

The campaign will also be supported by St John Ambulance, Nexus and local road safety officers.

SafetyWorks! manager Gill Elvin, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: “This is the fifth year we have been running the summer safety campaign and the number of children visiting the centre has increased year on year for the last eight years.

“The centre had a complete refurbishment last year which gave us the opportunity to introduce more safety scenarios, so we expect the popularity of this campaign to carry on growing in years to come.”

Chief Inspector Steve Hails said: “We are proud to play a part in supporting this facility which helps provide an interactive and imaginative learning experience.”

“Our embedded officers help provide an input for youngsters about staying safe and what to do in an emergency.

“It’s important that young people know how to stay safe in today’s modern society and early education and prevention advice is key to help protect them from danger.”

For information on what is on offer at SafetyWorks! visit www.safetyworks.org.uk. Bookings can be directed to safetyworks@twfire.gov.uk