HIGH schoolchildren took to the airwaves to record a winter
safety radio show for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service
Two groups of Year 8 pupils from Derby High School in Bury were
invited into the Key 103 and Magic 1152 studios in Manchester on
Thursday, November 29.
The children were asked to create a radio advert and short show
based on the theme of staying safe on the ice and incorporating
winter safety advice provided by GMFRS.
Along with other pupils from their year, the youngsters spent a
day creating their adverts when the Key 103 Media Bus visited their
school on Thursday, November 22.
A total of 48 pupils recorded 12 different adverts focusing on
the theme and the two groups with the best adverts were chosen to
visit the studios to record their adverts the following week.
Year 8 teacher Ruth Chadwick said: "Howard Hughes and Sarah
Draper from Bury's Community Fire Safety team have visited the
school a few times to talk to children about fire safety. They
asked if we wanted to take part in the Key 103 project and we
thought it was a great opportunity for the students to learn about
safety while learning about how the media works.
"They've all learned about the dangers of ice and all the
adverts were really good. The children have been showing their
friends who didn't take part and they've all been playing the
adverts on their phones so the message has been spread throughout
"All the students who took part in the media bus day had a
fantastic time and the students who were chosen to visit the
studios were really excited."
The 12 youngsters got even more excited when they arrived at the
studio to find The Hoff (actor David Hasslehoff) being interviewed
by presenters in the same studio they were to record their adverts
in later that day, and they were allowed to watch the interview
through the studio windows.
The group with the best advert will be selected as the overall
winner and their advert will be played out on Key 103 and Magic
1152 radio stations for one week starting December 17.
Twelve-year-old Sajad Shafiq said: "I've learned a lot of about
the dangers of playing on ice - I knew a bit before but I didn't
realise how dangerous it can be."
Community Safety Manager Howard Hughes said: "Venturing onto
frozen ponds, reservoirs, lakes and canals can be extremely
dangerous - even fatal. It might look like fun to walk on frozen
water but the ice can easily break. The temperature of the water is
cold enough to take your breath away which can lead to panic and
"The coldness can make your arms and legs numb which means you
can't control them and can't swim. It can lead to hypothermia which
can cause heart failure.
"Parents, guardians and teachers are urged to remind children
and young people never to venture onto frozen water - and set a
good example by never going onto the water yourself.
"More than half of all ice-related drownings involve people
trying to rescue their dogs. If your dog or any other animal
ventures onto the ice or falls into the water, do not go to its
rescue - you are likely to end up in the freezing water as well and
unable to help the animal.
"If you do see a person or animal in trouble in icy water - stay
on the bank and phone 999."
For further winter safety advice, please visit /fire_safety_advice/seasonal_safety/winter_safety.aspx