HSA “Keep Safe” road show comes to Leixlip school children

Friday 19th May

Over one hundred primary school children from four Leixlip schools: Scoil Mhuire, Scoil Ui Dhulaigh, Scoil Eoin Phoil and San Carlo Primary attended a Health and Safety Authority ‘Keep Safe’ event in Confey GAA club, Leixlip, Co. Kildare on Tuesday 16th May.

Seven state agencies and regional organisations with a safety remit came together to deliver an interactive programme directed at fifth and sixth class pupils. Keep Safe aims to promote safety and community awareness through involving the children in a series of interactive scenarios with a common safety theme.

Speaking at the event, Joan Flynn, Inspector with the Health and Safety Authority said, “The Health and Safety Authority created the Keep Safe programme to be an entertaining and interactive way for children to have fun while learning. We cover topics like safety around water, road safety, fire safety and more. The children are so interested and we hope that the discussion will carry on back in their homes, schools and communities.”

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, and
  • learn how to stay safe within the context of, for example, road safety, water safety, fire safety and site safety.

The agencies and organisations that were represented on the day include the HSA, An Garda Síochána, Kildare Fire Service, IFA, Bus Eireann, Irish Water Safety and the Construction Industry Federation (Bennett Construction).