Safety first is the message

GAME CHANGER: Cllr David Oliver with children from Burrowmoor School ANL-140325-114245001
GAME CHANGER: Cllr David Oliver with children from Burrowmoor School ANL-140325-114245001

They are lessons that the young children will never forget – and they’ll help to keep them safe from all sorts of danger.

Last month more than 500 primary school children from 14 schools in and around March, Chatteris and Whittlesey took part in a series of Safety Zone events.

The Safety Zone is a Fenland Community Safety Partnership project, organised by Fenland District Council and Cambridgeshire County Council with help from the police, fire service, and Circle Roddons.

It is an entertaining but effective way of getting key safety messages across to young people on everything from avoiding the dangers of the internet to road safety, looking after the environment and what they can and can’t buy in shops.

Councillor David Oliver, FDC’s Cabinet member responsible for community safety, stressed the scheme’s value after visiting one of last month’s events.

He joined children from Burrowmoor School at the fire station in March as they played Get Home Safely, a board game highlighting different kinds of danger and antisocial behaviour and their possible consequences.

He also took part in a dramatic exercise showing what to do in the event of a fire.

Cllr Oliver said: “These were serious lessons but it was obvious that the children had great fun as well. That makes it much more likely that the messages sink in and not only that – it means they will probably pass them on to their parents, too.”

Another Safety Zone series will be held for schools in the Wisbech area from June 30-July 4.