Limerick pupils play it safe with Fire Service

Firefighter Graham Hickey with Becky Bennis, Grace Finnan and Ashley Prendergast Lynch at Scoil Ide. Picture: Sean Curtin
PUPILS around Limerick are to make sure their parents are firing on all cylinders when it comes to safety this Christmas thanks to a programme being undertaken in city schools by Limerick City Fire Service.

PUPILS around Limerick are to make sure their parents are firing on all cylinders when it comes to safety this Christmas thanks to a programme being undertaken in city schools by Limerick City Fire Service.

It is hoped that in the coming weeks, every third class pupil in the city will be given a home safety pack as part of the annual “Safety Team” programme.

Boys and girls and Scoil Ide in Corbally got the chance this week to check out a fire engine and try on the fireman’s helmets for themselves. But along with all the fun came an important fire safety message, as Limerick’s chief fire officer Michael Ryan explained.

“Each child is provided with a home safety check sheet, which must be filled out by a family member in the home. The completed sheet is evidence of the key fire safety message reaching inside the home and is also a valuable resource for statistical purposes.

“It’s fantastic to see children learning about an important subject like fire safety in such a lively and enjoyable way. The ‘Safety Team’ packs are great, really age-appropriate, full of colour, with lots of innovative things to do for all the family. It’s vital that parents encourage discussion on fire safety as I’m sure they’ll learn loads from the boys and girls after this lesson.

“Approximately 50 people die every year from fire in this country and more than 1,000 attend casualty units with burns and scald related injuries.

“With only a small few exceptions, these fires occur in their own homes. It is therefore essential that the fire safety messages of this project find their way to the pupils’ home environment. It is hoped that the home safety check list will encourage discussion around fire safety in the home,” Mr Ryan concluded.

Schools interested in getting involved can contact 061 316107 or fireoff@limerickcity.ie