4P visited Safewise in Weymouth Fire Station. When we arrived we took off our coats and hung up our bags. Then we sat on a bench and Dave and Sarah, safety advisors, talked us through the rules of the centre. We completed a quiz on our safety knowledge and we got 47.3%.
We watched a video called Hero Squad which had been filmed at the Fire Station about children learning what the Fire Brigade do.
We then went into a building to search for all the dangers you might find in a house. The dangers included cigarettes, too many plugs in one socket and a fire burning behind a door.
Cigarettes are designed to keep burning so if you put a lit one down somewhere, you need to put it in a safe place to avoid starting a fire. We learnt that there are over 2,500 poisons in one cigarette and we saw a jar full of tar which represented the amount of tar which would clog your lungs if you smoke 20 cigarettes a day for a year.
If you overload a plug socket, it is likely to catch fire, so you should be careful about how many plugs you plug into a socket.
If you suspect there is a fire behind a door, you should touch the door with the back of your hand because if you touch it with the front of your hand, you are more likely to grab the handle and burn yourself. If you discover a fire, you should never open a door as the air will feed the fire and make it worse. You should call the Fire Brigade.
We then learnt about how to cross roads safely. The slabs on the ground near zebra crossings have bumps on them. You should stand in the middle of the bumpy slab because if you are too close to the road you might get hit and if you’re too far away car drivers might not realise you are waiting to cross. You should always make sure you make eye contact with drivers so they are clear of what you are intending to do. Don’t cross until the car has stopped. If you are about to cross the road and you hear sirens approaching, you should always wait for the emergency vehicle to pass.
We then drove mobility scooters around a track which taught us about road safety. We learnt that if a car is driving at 30 mph and puts their brakes on, it will continue travelling up to 40 metres before it comes to a stop. You should never exceed the speed limit.
At the end of the safety day, we repeated the quiz and we got a whopping 94.1% – we learnt a lot! We wonder what scores 4T and 4H will get when they go!
By Liam, Amelia, Zach and Alex