UP to 100 children attending four primary schools in Ennis learned the importance of staying safe this week.
The pupils of Ennis Educate Together, Ennis National School, Gaelscoil Micil Chíosog and CBS Primary School attended a ‘Keep Safe’ event at Cois na hAbhna which was hosted by the Health and Safety Authority and facilitated by Junior Achievement Ireland.
The ‘Keep Safe’ involved a range of state agencies and organisations coming together to deliver a programme, directed at fifth and sixth class pupils, and aimed at promoting safety and community awareness through involving the children in a series of interactive scenarios.
Sean Hyde, Senior Inspector with the Health and Safety Authority said the event is really useful because it teaches school children about safety both inside and outside of the home.
“The children come to these events, with their teachers, and get a chance to learn from a wide range of agencies in a fun and interactive environment.,” he said.
The aims of the one day ‘Keep Safe’ event are to help children to 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, water, fire and site safety.
The agencies and organisations that were represented on the day included the Health & Safety Authority, ESB, Construction Industry Federation, Bus Eireann, An Taisce, Clare County Council, Road Safety, Civil Defence, Fire Services, An Garda Siochana, RNLI & Teagasc.