More than 600 local primary school children in Ards have been getting the buzz about ‘bee-ing safe’ all this week as they took part in safety-awareness sessions in Newtownards and Portaferry.
Around 620 primary seven pupils from 21 schools have been attending the ‘Bee Safe’ days, which are intended to help children understand and deal with serious safety issues by using a practical approach and interactive quizzes and role plays.
The children have been learning about a range of issues, including the dangers presented by electricity, fire and roads, as well as the role of the emergency services and how they should react in an emergency. The events will also help the youngsters to be aware of their personal safety and how to avoid potential dangers, whether at home or when out and about. And for children from the Ards Peninsula who are more likely to live in rural settings, there has been a a special session concentrating on farm safety.
The ‘Bee Safe’ initiative is the result of a partnership between North Down and Ards Home Accident Prevention Committee, PSNI, Ards Borough Council, NI Fire & Rescue Service, Department of the Environment, Translink, NIE, RoSPA and the RNLI.
It is a Northern Ireland-wide initiative and is funded locally by the North Down and Ards Home Accident Prevention Committee, Investing for Health, DPP and Ards Community Safety Partnership.