HOME fire safety was the topic of discussion when schoolchildren
teamed up with sheltered housing residents to record adverts for a
national radio station.
Two groups of pupils from Manchester Academy in Moss Side met
with residents from Cardinal Court to create adverts at the Key 103
and Magic 1152 studios in Manchester.
It's the first time that young and old have come together for
this project, which sees Year 8 high school pupils produce radio
adverts based on a particular fire safety theme.
The two groups created adverts which highlighted the dangers of
overloading plug sockets and leaving cooking unattended while
emphasising the importance of leaving keys near a door so you can
escape in the event of a fire and never trying to tackle a fire
The two adverts will be played to pupils at Manchester Academy
who will cast their votes to decide which one will represent their
school and be aired on the radio for one week over half-term - from
Monday, February 18.
Station Manager Phil Nelson, from Moss Side Fire Station, will
attend an assembly next week when the winning group will be
announced and presented with their certificates.
It will also be an opportunity to talk to pupils about staying
safe over the half-term break.
Programme Co-ordinator Kathryn Aylett, from GMFRS' Children and
Young People department, said: "This is the first time we've
invited sheltered housing residents to work directly with young
people and Key 103 to come up with ideas for fire safety
"It was really nice to see the pupils and residents working so
closely together - all striving to make a positive impact on the
safety of their own community.
"The adverts themselves sound fantastic and they've used really
creative ways of promoting our winter safety messages. It will
certainly be a very tough decision to choose which advert goes
forward to represent the school on the radio."
For further advice on home fire safety, please visit the GMFRS
You can also get more winter safety advice on the Safe4Winter
website here: www.safe4winter.com