Health and Safety Authority Urges Clonmel School Children to "Keep Safe"

7th October 2014

More than 100 children from St. Peter & Paul's Primary School, St. Mary's CBS, Presentation Primary School and Ballyneale N.S., have attended a Health and Safety Authority 'Keep Safe' event in Monroe Sports Complex, Clonmel, Co Tipperary on Tuesday 7th October.

"Keep Safe" involves a number of state agencies and regional organisations coming together to deliver an interactive safety programme directed at fifth and sixth class pupils. It aims to promote safety and community awareness through involving the children in a series of interactive scenarios with a strong safety theme.

Joanne Harmon, Education Manager with the Health and Safety Authority said, "This event raises awareness in school children and teaches them how to deal with hazards in a whole range of situations from electrical safety to water safety. The fifth and sixth class students that attend these events learn a lot and we have designed all of the activities to be fun and informative. I would like to thank all of the schools and agencies in attendance today. Their enthusiasm is what makes this programme a continued success."

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

The agencies and organisations that were represented today include the Health & Safety Authority, Teagasc , Irish Water Safety, An Taisce (Green Schools) , RNLI (Wexford Lifeboat Station), Civil Defence Tipperary, Clonmel Fire Services , Bus Eireann, Construction Industry Federation, ESB Networks, An Garda Siochana, Tipperary IFA  & Tipperary County Council (Road Safety).