School children’s artwork and calendar highlight the dangers of electrical appliances and fires
23/01/201412 post primary school pupils were awarded £50.00 each for designing posters that were used to produce a calendar to raise the awareness of the dangers of electrical appliance and electrical based fires.
The schools in the Southern Education and Library Board area were invited to participate in a poster competition focusing on fire safety and electrical safety messages. The project was coordinated by the Trust’s Promoting Wellbeing Team in partnership with the three Home Accident Prevention Groups in the Southern Trust** area and was funded by the Public Health Agency.
The 12 winning pupils were: Tyler Hazley and Jessica Muldrew, Newry High School; Jodie Clarke and Niamh Toner, St Louis Grammar School, Kilkeel; Cathy Hanna and Mia McKewey, Banbridge Academy; Ellen Gyle, Clounagh Junior High School and Nicole Corey, Lismore Comprehensive School; Eilish O’Neill and Sarah Millar, St Ciaran’s College, Ballygawley; Emma Armstrong, City of Armagh High School and Rachel Harte, St Joseph’s College, Coalisland.
Nina Daly, Accident Prevention Officer, Southern Trust said: “Fire and electrical safety is an important issue for everyone. Taking part in this competition has helped children to learn about electrical safety and the risks around electricity in the home. We hope the children and their parents will take these messages on board.
“The calendar is a testament to the highly skilled pupils who took part in this competition and it will provide an important resource for 2014, helping to focus attention on key issues related to electrical and fire safety. As well as the colourful artwork, the calendar provides links to a number of interactive resources, tools and information available from the Electrical Safety Council which has a dedicated website for members of the public www.esc.org.uk as well as websites aimed at children http://oldsite.switchedonkids.org.uk/ and teenagers www.twothirtyvolts.org.uk/
“This calendar also highlights the Free Home Fire Safety Checks available to anyone in the community through the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS). This project demonstrates how the Trust works in partnership with the NIFRS to help reduce accidental fires and improve home safety.”
The calendar can be viewed on the Trust’s website www.southerntrust.hscni.net* in the accident prevention section which can be found under the healthy living tab. Copies are being made available to post primary schools across the SELB area and other key groups.