Schools YearFor Fire Safety Talks
Kilkenny Fire and Rescue Service is pleased to announce that they have presented fire safety awareness lessons to over 1,650 students in 2013/14, primarily third-class, in 65no primary schools throughout Kilkenny City & County.
Fire Officers from Kilkenny Fire and Rescue Service have been delivering this fire safety programme for the past 8no years and to date we have delivered this fire safety programme to over 11,000 children in Kilkenny City & County.
The lessons form part of a nationwide programme entitled ‘Safety Team’ which has been designed to enhance the level of awareness of Fire Safety in the Home.
Fire-fighters from all seven fire brigades in Kilkenny City & County delivered the safety talks to the schools in their operational areas.
“On average every year in Ireland, 44 people die (5 of those under the age of 24) from fire in the home and over 1,000 people attend hospitals with burns/scalds”, stated a senior fire officer.
“The ‘Safety Team’ programme has been specially designed for children. Research has shown that the age at which a child receives a fire safety education is important. Children aged 8 or 9 years old, third class students, were identified as being more open to messages of fire safety and were also noted to be more willing to interact with their parents”.
The programme was delivered to primary schools throughout Kilkenny City & County. “Every child who attended was presented with a copy of the ‘Safety Team’ pack. The pack gets the fire safety message across in a fun and effective way and includes fire safety advice, stickers, games and home checks. The school children as part of their homework were encouraged to interact with their families on the elements of the programme”.
Based on information that the teachers returned to Fire Service Headquarters after the schools lesson, Kilkenny Fire and Rescue Service is able to conclude that approx. 1,650 children completed a home fire safety check sheet with their parents/guardians.
“It is about educating the children so that they in turn educate their families, making the child the ambassadors of Fire Safety in the Home. A knock-on ripple effect from the Fire Safety lessons should also occur as the children spread their new found knowledge to other family members and friends”, a senior fire officer concluded.
The primary schools fire safety programme is scheduled to re-commence in September at the start of the new primary school year, 2014/15.
Killian John Hennessy,
Senior Assistant Chief Fire Officer,
Kilkenny Fire and Rescue Service,
Fire Service Headquarters,
Telephone 056 - 7794400
Fax 056 - 7794425