School flies flag for safety in the home pilot scheme

Pupils in a South Holland school have been teaching their parents a thing or two about safety in the home.

Junior safety officers Harrison Hunns and Harry Wakeham have been piloting a programme at Weston Hills Primary to make students more safety aware, which it is hoped will be rolled out to other schools in the county.

Harry Wakeham and Harrison Hunns by the safety in the home noticeboard.

Harry Wakeham and Harrison Hunns by the safety in the home noticeboard.

The pair are set tasks by National Healthy Schools and have even given a powerpoint presentation about the pilot programme to a schools conference in Lincoln.

Harrison (11) said: “We give tips to everyone about safety in and around the home. Whenever we’ve been addressing the other pupils in assembly I go home and tell my parents what we’ve been doing.”

Harry (10) said: “We try to inform them about the dangers and how to avoid them.”

As well as running a noticeboard at the school, the safety officers have also run competitions.

Donna Upsall, deputy headteacher, said it has been a fantastic experience for the boys, who will be moving up to Spalding Grammar School in September.

She said: “We are really proud of them. Harry and Harrison started on this project in October and have done a magnificent job.

“It’s given them great skills for when they go the secondary school.”

Mum Sarah Hunns is also proud of their achievement. She said: “They’ve come up with some brilliant ideas. There’s no taking the battery out of the fire alarm at home anymore.”

In South Holland between 2011-2012, 15 children under four and 72 children under 17 attended A&E each week following an accident.

A safety awareness event was held at the Johnson Community Hospital in Spalding to mark Child Safety Week.

Rose Shortland, Sister at the minor injuries unit, said: “Child safety awareness has to be a good thing. Any information that can inspire a parent, guardian or carer to prevent an accident has to be a positive step.

“Health promotion and accident prevention is part of the role of the nurse practitioner enabling us to make every contact count.”

The Minor Injuries Unit at Johnson Community Hospital is run by Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust and is open seven-days-a-week. It is nurse-led staffed by a team of advanced emergency nurse practitioners, a healthcare support worker and receptionist who deal with minor injuries. The Out of Hours GP service at weekends and Bank Holidays can be contacted by calling 111.