Local Safety Tips
At the Epiphany School, we believe it is important for children to be made aware of how to stay safe within the local area.
Please use the following links and activities to promote safety.
Water and Beach Safety
The RNLI have produced two 'Water Safety Passports' that provide children with the knowledge to be safe and have fun around water
The RNLI Water Safety Passport teaches children four key lessons:
- Stop and think.
- Stay together.
- Call 999 or 112.
Please look at the links below as reminders of how to keep children safe during the summer around the sea, paddling pools, rivers, ponds etc.
You will find various resources from the RNLI including Respect the Water.
It’s vitally important to help shape children and young people’s understanding of and attitudes towards road safety, to help give them the best chance of keeping safe while they’re young and as they get older.
Useful websites for reference:
We encourage you to use the resources below to raise awareness of electrification on the railway, level crossings and railway safety.
Bonfire Night Safety
Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is reminding everyone about the dangers of fireworks to help keep people safe this bonfire and fireworks season. With many organised events cancelled, emergency services are preparing for a busier night than usual as people celebrate in their own gardens. We are asking everyone to show RESPECT this Bonfire Night.
Respect the Firework
Whilst most people enjoy fireworks responsibly, in the wrong hands they can cause real misery. Remember that fireworks are explosives, and as such should be treated with respect and only used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and the Firework Code.
- Plan your firework display to make it safe and enjoyable, and ensure it finishes before 11pm
- Only buy fireworks which carry the CE mark, keep them in a closed box and use them one at a time
- Read and follow the instructions on each firework using a torch if necessary
- Light the firework at arm's length with a taper and stand well back
- Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks
- Never return to a firework once it has been lit
- Don't put fireworks in pockets and never throw them
- Direct any rocket fireworks well away from spectators
- Never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire
- Make sure that the fire is out and surroundings are made safe before leaving.
Respect the Emergency Services
We are currently amidst a global pandemic and we are asking people not to take risks, putting additional pressures on our emergency services. Injuries can be prevented by following the Firework code. If you suffer a burn, ensure you:
- Cool the burn under cold running water for at least ten minutes.
- After the burn has been cooled, cover it with cling film or a clean plastic bag.
- Call 999 if necessary. Always seek medical advice for a baby or child that has been burned.
Respect your neighbours
Fireworks can frighten people and animals. The elderly and children are frequently scared and intimidated by firework noise. After all, fireworks are explosives. Tell your neighbours if you’re a planning on letting off fireworks and avoid purchasing really noisy ones. Please be considerate when having a firework party and make sure the noise is over by 11pm.
You must not set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am, except for:
- Bonfire Night, when the cut off is midnight
- New Year’s Eve, Diwali and Chinese New Year, when the cut off is 1am
Show some Respect this Bonfire Night.
Thank you for your assistance, we appreciate your help in encouraging everyone to show Respect and stay safe this Halloween and Bonfire season.
Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service
Fire Safety - KS1
Dorset Fire and Rescue have produced a new Safety Story for your younger Foundation and Key Stage 1 children.
There are also some colouring activity sheets available on the website.
Fire Safety - KS2
Dorset Fire and Rescue have produced a short presentation to be used with Key Stage 2, reminding them of the dangers of bonfires and fireworks. This can be viewed on any device with internet connection, https://sway.office.com/AuAqEp4uBuEerTMK?ref=Link
Halloween tips from the Dorset Police
AVOID TRICK OR TREATING IN THE SOUTH WEST AND ENJOY HALLOWEEN AT HOME
With Halloween season fast approaching, families may be wondering whether trick or treating is worth the risk this year.
This year police and partners across the South West are asking families to ditch the usual trick or treating plans and channel all their creativity into celebrating safely indoors as we all continue to do our bit to prevent the spread of coronavirus and keep infection rates low across the region.
To help with planning the spooky season, Dorset Police wish to share their ideas for Halloween at home, that cost little or nothing for families choosing to stay in.
- Organise a Halloween themed scavenger hunt around your house or garden.
- Arrange a virtual fancy dress party online and invite your friends and family.
- Out-boo your neighbours and have a window decorating competition.
- Get creative in the kitchen. Go online to find the recipes for spooky snacks.
- Decorate your living room and create your own scary cinema.
- Play Halloween inspired games with your friends and family.
- Try safely carving a pumpkin and share images with your friends.