Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bonfire Night Sparks Safety Campaign; Firefighters to Visit Schools Warning Pupils

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bonfire Night Sparks Safety Campaign; Firefighters to Visit Schools Warning Pupils

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Byline: By NICOLA JUNCAR Education Reporter

FIREFIGHTERS are to visit schools to warn children about the dangers of playing with bonfires and fireworks.

The Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service hopes their road shows will reach more than 37,000 youngsters in time for Guy Fawkes' Night.

Alongside talks and presentations, new tactics are being used to help spread the safety messages.

These include employing bluetooth technology to communicate information via mobile phone and using the world of social networking sites with groups on websites Face book and Bebo.

The tour forms part of the service's hard hitting campaign, Bonfires and Fireworks Ruin Lives in a Flash.

People can use the websites to share messages and view campaign videos and images. The Bebo group features members' stories about how they suffered nasty injuries and scars from bonfire and firework-related accidents.

Almost 130 young people outside mainstream education have also been involved in learning about bonfire safety through sessions held at Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service's interactive safety centre, Safety- Works. …

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