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Children playing it safe in the Zone

Stay safe: that's the message that has been drummed into hundreds of children during a series of hands-on lessons over the past few weeks.

Safety Zone 2015

More than 560 Year 5 pupils from 14 primary schools in and around March, Chatteris and Whittlesey took part in the Safety Zone, joining in seven interactive activities, all designed to keep them and their families out of danger.

The most dramatic scenario, led by members of Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service and complete with billowing smoke, got the children to play out how to respond to a fire in their homes, including making an emergency phone call.

Other topics covered were road safety and the importance of wearing seatbelts, antisocial behaviour, what children can and can't buy in the shops, food safety, the dangers of the internet and looking after the environment.

Teacher Kirsty Francis from the Alderman Jacobs school, Whittlesey, said: "The children love these kinds of hands-on activities. They particularly enjoyed the fire safety exercise with all the smoke and the other sessions reinforced what we do in school on subjects like internet safety. It's definitely a great way of getting these messages across."

The Safety Zone is organised by Fenland District Council with help from Cambridgeshire County Council, the police and fire services, and Circle Roddons. It is held in the local fire stations and the New Horizons outreach bus is also used to help deliver the project.

It will be repeated in Wisbech from June 22-26, involving another 300 children from 13 more schools in and around the town.

Article added April 1, 2015