Bolton School Junior Boys

Boys Learn Halloween and Bonfire Safety

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Firefighters from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service visited pupils at Park Road to teach the boys more about fire safety during the autumn months. This was organised as part of Greater Manchester’s Safe4Autumn/Treacle 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 boys to attend large organised displays or bonfires rather than host their own. They explained that fireworks are in fact ‘little bombs’ and need to be handled with care; 50% of firework injuries happen to young people under the age of 14, and there was discussion of the various types of injuries and how they can be avoided by following basic firework safety rules and the advice of the manufacturers. 

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

The boys learned a great deal over the course of the talk, and were able to ask questions about safety issues at the end.

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