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Operation Treacle Teaches Fire Safety

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Firefighters from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service visited pupils at Hesketh House to teach the girls more about fire safety during the autumn months. This was organised as part of Operation Treacle, part of Greater Manchester’s Safe4Autumn campaign which aims to make safety information easily available to the public and encourage respect towards others during the autumn months.

The talk gave particular focus to upcoming events such as Bonfire Night and Halloween. However, the firefighters also pointed out that fireworks are also used to celebrate New Year, Chinese New Year, Eid, Hanukkah, Diwali and even for birthdays, and so firework safety is important all year round.

The firefighters talked to pupils about firework and bonfire safety, encouraging the girls to attend large organised displays or bonfires rather than host their own. They explained that 50% of firework injuries happen to young people under the age of 14, and discussed the various types of injuries and how they can be avoided by following basic firework safety rules and the advice of the manufacturers.

The girls also learned how best to stay safe during Halloween, including advice to stay with a responsible adult and wear reflective clothing.

The girls learned a great deal over the course of the talk, and were able to ask questions about safety issues at the end. Some of the girls were even able to see the fire engine before the firefighters left School.

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The girls with the visiting firefighters and fire engine

The girls with the visiting firefighters and fire engine

Watch Manager Tony McKenna talking to pupils about safety during the Autumn months

Watch Manager Tony McKenna talking to pupils about safety during the Autumn months

Some girls were able to see inside the fire engine!

Some girls were able to see inside the fire engine!