Youngsters put to the test in emergency situations

Safety in Action week took place at Newhaven Fort
Safety in Action week took place at Newhaven Fort

CHILDREN from across the Lewes district were able to test their skills in realistic hazardous and emergency situations at ‘Safety In Action’ week.

The annual event took place at Newhaven Fort and is aimed at Year 6 pupils to give them basic skills and knowledge to help keep them safe, particularly as they begin secondary education in September and become more independent of adult care.

The week is organised jointly by Lewes District Council’s Environmental Health Department and Sussex Police and aims to educate children how to deal with different safety and emergency scenarios in relation to fires, accidents, electricity, dogs, strangers, water, roads and food safety.

The event teaches them about personal safety and the correct responses should they be faced with a similar, real life situation.

The scenarios are very realistic, but are carried out in a safe and controlled manner, designed to be interactive and fun.

The children rotated around 10 different action stations, which are run by the emergency services, the local authority, power and transport companies. Each team were given a score based on what they learned from the scenario and their team work.

The scores were added up and the winning team and school will receive trophies and a cash prize donated by Seaford Rotary Club, at a later date. In addition each child taking part received a certificate and a goody bag of safety aids and additional information.