Health and safety first in Benalmadena

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SCHOOLS around Benalmadena have been taking part in a series of workshops teaching children how to avoid injuring themselves.

The scheme, which involved the “Seguritas” child safety mascot used by the Junta de Andalucia, involved various training games which taught children about the danger of electrical shocks, cuts, the dangers of poisoning from chemicals, burns and falls in a fun and playful way.

The training was broken down into various phases. In the first, children were shown a cartoon about situations in which children can be injured and shows them how to protect themselves against being hurt. The next involved two children miming being cut or suffocated and the rest of the children had to guess what accident happened, what caused it and what they could do to avoid anything similar in future.

Participants also acted out various scenes showing different dangerous situations and two volunteers directed them into one of two endings; into green for safe and red for danger. The characters act out the scenes, first heeding the advice of “Seguritas” and not becoming injured, and secondly ignoring his advice and having an accident.

Joaquin Villazon, Councillor for the Environment, claimed the workshop “uses games to increase interest, participation and learning about preventing danger.” He added, “the aim of the campaign is to instil a ‘culture of prevention’ in schools, teaching students to take into account risks and prevent them.”

Mr Villazon visited the mobile training unit carrying out the workshops, which was located in Parque de la Paloma, where CEIP Poeta Salvador Rueda schoolchildren have been learning about safety. He said the campaign also dealt with the issue of dealing with chemicals, as well as using safety equipment. Each child received a high visibility vest and a group photo as a memento of their day.

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