19 November 2014

Be Safe, Be Seen Campaign.

I don't know about you, but the words 'Children' and 'Funeralcare' in near enough the same sentence gives me the Heebie Jeebies - to the extent that they almost put me off writing this post.  But then I realised that's why it had to be done, because, thank the Lord, in this instance, it's for all the right reasons.

Now that the clocks have gone back The Co-operative Funeralcare have launched their national Be Safe, Be Seen campaign.  They work with primary schools all over the country, donating yellow high visibility reflective pin-badges designed to keep young children safe when the dark nights arrive.

This is what they say - “Over the past 5 years we have given out over 160,000 badges to 1,500 schools and youth groups. We also deliver school assemblies or lessons about road safety prepared by road safety charity Brake for children between the ages of 3 and 7 years.”

I'm always nagging my kids about being careful of driveways when they're running or scooting off and how careful and clever we have to be regarding traffic while we're out and about, so welcome any oppotunity to raise their awareness about road safety.  Experience has shown these activities with schools are successful and they've released this 'brilliant' (according to my boys) video which spells out great points in a language that has hopefully had an impact bigger than my unladylike bellowing at them.  

I don't know why they need to be convinced by computerised images, but, let's face it, most children respond to them and anything that reinforces how important it is to think more about how to be safe and be seen can only do good.  

Here are the some of the tips covered, but I really recommend roping the youngsters in for a watch which wasn't even wasted on my nine year old!     

  • Look out for and encourage your children to be aware of hidden entrances or driveways when crossing pavements.
  • Make sure your children walk on the side of pavements away from the traffic.
  • When crossing the road your child should always choose a safe place and time to cross. It’s always safer to cross at a pedestrian or patrolled crossing.
  • Avoid crossing between parked cars as drivers won’t be able to see children who do this very well.
  • It’s important to stop at the kerb, look both ways and listen to traffic before crossing. Pedestrian crossings can still be dangerous if care is not taken.
  • All pedestrians should wait on the pavement until all the traffic from both directions has stopped as this is the safest time to cross. Islands are often provided in the middle of the road, so children should treat each half as a separate crossing.
  • Children should avoid playing near busy roads as they can often forget their surroundings and become unaware of the dangers on the road.
You can read more about the Be Safe, Be Seen campaign and order free badges for your childrens' and other local schools on their site - HERE or, as we did, pop into your local  Co-op Funeralcare branch and organize them from there.  Plus, if you would like to add your support via @CoopFuneralcare and / or @TheCooperative, that would be appreciated.  

Let's keep the words 'Children' and 'Funeralcare' in near enough the same sentence for all the right reasons.  

Thank you. 

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