SAFETY comes first in any emergency situation as youngsters visiting MK Safety Centre & Hazard Alley at Kiln Farm know only too well.

Year 2 pupils from Stoke Goldington CE First School discovered the fun ways to prepare themselves for every type of emergency during their trip to the hands-on educational centre.

Full of scenes from everyday life, MK Safety Centre & Hazard Alley highlight where dangers can sometimes crop up – such as on a building site, a garage forecourt, a railway line, a farm and a recreational lake, as well as a house.

Guides at the centre took the youngsters around each scene, where hazards were explored and safe responses explained.

They had the chance to practice making 999 emergency calls too - an important skill for anyone in a time of crisis.

As part of a basic understanding of first aid, the youngsters were also introduced to the recovery position and seized the opportunity to put each other into the recovery position in the event of an accident.

Pupils were joined by their friends from North Crawley CE School for the trip.

Acting Deputy Headteacher for both schools, Marie-Claire Parsons, said: “There was a huge amount for all the children to take in and learn from the morning at the Safety Centre.

“I’d recommend it for a school visit.”


Story courtesy of MK Citizen - published 10 May 2012

The Safety Centre opened in 1994 as a partnership-based community safety project involving Thames Valley Police, Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service, health authorities, local government, other statutory organisations and the private sector. The centre is not centrally funded and as such relies heavily on donations and sponsorship.