A three-week interagency campaign to educate young people in the North-East on how to stay safe this summer has been hailed a success.

More than 1,000 primary school children attended Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service's interactive safety centre, Safetyworks! in Newcastle to take part in awareness sessions covering fire, water and beach safety.

Summer safety campaign
The summer safety campaign involved fire officers from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service and lifeguards from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI).

SafetyWorks Manager, Gill Elvin, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service said: "We have been amazed at the response to the campaign.

"It has been fantastic - so much so that we've already decided to repeat it next year. We must have known the sun would finally come out too, just in time for the children to put their learning into practice when they are outside or on holiday."

The Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) has also developed a new resource on drowning prevention for children which you can see below:


Importance of fire safety
Fire officers taught the children, from schools across Tyne and Wear, the importance of fire safety including how to stay safe at BBQs and the consequences of deliberately starting a fire

RNLI lifeguards then delivered messages about water safety including life saving techniques in the water and what to do in an emergency.

Cllr Peter Mole, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Authority Member said: "This has been a great and fun way of helping to keep young people safe. By working together we can make much more of an impact and I'd like to thank the RNLI for working with us on this initiative and for marking a difference to young people's lives."

The summer safety sessions also included support from Northumbria Police and Nexus.

For more information visit www.safetyworks.org.uk