Pupils at Norwich primary school learn about fire safety
- Credit: Briar Chemicals Limited
Some special guests have visited a Norwich primary school to help young pupils learn key messages about how to stay safe around fire.
Fire safety officer Sam Fisher from Briar Chemicals met 120 children at Mile Cross Primary School where he talked to them about fire safety in the home, staying away from hot appliances, not touching plugs/sockets, the hazards of playing with lighters and matches and how to alert someone if necessary.
The five to six-year-olds had been doing a project this term on the Great Fire of London so the visit was timely.
Mr fisher said: 'I enjoy getting involved in educating young people about fire safety. It helps them to identify potential hazards and make them more aware about how to keep both themselves and their families safer.
'We have made these visits to local schools before and the children really enjoy it; it's a very effective way of presenting a very important message in a fun and memorable way.'
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After taking part in a question and answer session with Mr Fisher the children were then invited out to the fire engine where they pretended to be part of the fire crew by all sitting in the engine with the sirens on, try on safety clothing and hats then took it in turns to use the water hose.
Stuart Allen, head teacher said: 'It's great for our children to receive a visit from Sam the Fire Officer, from Briar Chemicals, in his Fire Engine. From barbecues to bonfires, outdoor events happen all year round and for a lot of people, lighting a fire is a great addition to the atmosphere and the event itself.
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'However, just as fire safety is important indoors, it is also crucial that we take all relevant precautions for outdoor fires, too.
'Having the opportunity to listen to a Fire Officer and fire safety messages as well as having a go in a Fire Engine is something that will have a lasting impression on the children and hopefully help them to stay safe around fire.'