Warwick pupil is rewarded for being a Fire Safety Champion!

Warwick pupil Cheyenne Chapman is being commended for taking part in the Junior Fire Safety Champion Scheme at Saint Mary Immaculate Primary School on Friday 25th November.

The scheme, which encourages young people to spot potential fire hazards in the home, is run by Warwickshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service as part of a drive to keep young people safe from harm through an interactive fire safety education programme in Primary Schools. The project has been made possible thanks to a grant of £4,500 from the Electrical Safety Council (ESC).

Pupils taking part in the project are be asked to carry out an initial hazard spotting exercise which checks key elements such as whether there is a working smoke alarm in the home, if there are any electrical cables running under carpets or rugs and ensuring that  there only one plug used per socket.  Checks can be carried out in their family home, grandparents, neighbours, relatives or friends houses. Once complete, the young people have to hand in a completed assessment to the school and are awarded with a Junior Fire Safety Champion certificate.

All assessments are passed onto the fire service and also provide the residents with the opportunity to request advice or a free home fire safety check from the fire service.

Cheyenne will be presented with her Junior Fire Safety Champion certificate by Community Fire Safety Officer, Andy Morgan during a school assembly on Friday. She will also be presented with a £25 WHSmith gift voucher after being picked out of the monthly prize draw.

Schools Liaison Officer, Ruth Greenhalgh said:
“We are really pleased to be presenting Cheyenne with her prize and to have received funding for this scheme from the Electrical Safety Council. This is the second scheme they have funded within the last three years to help educate young people about how to stay safe in the home.  The project has been rolled out to schools across Warwickshire to give young people aged between 9 and 10 the opportunity to learn more about fire safety, electrical fire safety and how to stay safe in the home.”

Lorraine Carney, Senior Campaigns Manager at the Electrical Safety Council (ESC) said:
“Our primary objective is to help people stay safer around electricity. So we are delighted to work with the Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service to support their innovative Junior Fire Safety Champion Scheme. According to government statistics, almost half of all accidental fires in UK homes – that’s over 20,000 each year – are caused by electricity, so it’s vital that people are made aware of where electrical dangers may arise in their homes and understand how to prevent an electrical-related accident happening.”

Portfolio Holder for Community Safety said:

“The Junior Fire Safety Champion Scheme is proving to be a real success with young people across Warwickshire. I would like to congratulate Cheyenne on receiving her prize and hope that more young people will now get involved with this very worthwhile scheme.”

For more information about electrical safety, log onto www.esc.org.uk or www.warwickshire.gov.uk/fireandrescue