Youngsters in Leicester were educated on fire safety yesterday with the help of furry mascot Lester Lion. Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service visited Sparkenhoe Primary School to teach the pupils about the importance of fire safety, and how to spot fire risks in the home.
This is part of a revamp in primary school educational resources across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, after the Fire Service received funding from the Electrical Safety Council. The Service hopes that the combination of fun with education will lead to memorable workshops that could potentially save lives.
Helen Sutcliffe, the education manager with the Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service commented that “We believe that by catching the children young, then it’s a whole generation educated”.
As well as the sessions with Lester Lion, the children had the chance to become Junior Fire Safety Inspectors – they were encouraged to discuss fire safety with their families, using a checklist they took home. By bringing the completed checklist back to school their names will be entered into a draw to win a Kindle Fire.
The children behaved impeccably and really enjoyed the day’s activities, and Assistant Head teacher Dan Cheetham said “They’ve learnt a lot from it”.