Action to promote safety among young people

EXTRA lessons in staying safe and behaving responsibly this Bonfire Night and Halloween are to be given to young people in Comet country.

That’s thanks to B Safe, a joint initiative launched today (Monday) by North Herts District Council, Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service and Hertfordshire Constabulary.

Beginning next Monday, pupils from schools in Baldock, Letchworth GC and Hitchin will receive presentations from each organisation on safety, anti-social behaviour and how to stay on the right side of the law when it comes to fireworks, Halloween trick or treating and other activities that traditionally take place at this time of year.

The B Safe initiative builds on work that is already taking place in schools in North Herts to help spread positive messages about behaving safely and responsibly on Bonfire Night, delivered by the fire service.

Cllr Tricia Cowley, the district council’s portfolio holder for community development, said: “The B Safe initiative is a good example of us working together with other local organisations to help young people in North Herts stay safe and out of harm’s way.

“It is also an opportunity to continue spreading positive messages about the responsibilities we all share as members of a community and the damaging effects of anti-social behaviour.”

Keith Emsall, executive member for community safety and culture at the county council, said: “We are really pleased to work with our partners on this initiative, which will now cover a range of issues as well as fire safety.

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“We want the whole community to stay safe all year round, and during Halloween and Bonfire Night there are additional risks which we want to make people aware of so they can avoid them. I look forward to a long standing and successful partnership for the B Safe scheme.”

The B Safe presentations will be given at Hitchin Girls’ School, Fearnhill School in Letchworth GC and Knights Templar School, Baldock.

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