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Borehamwood firefighters visit Saffron Green Primary School
Delighted children tried on helmets and scrambled into a fire engine when firefighters visited their school.
Firefighters from Borehamwood fire station dropped in on Saffron Green primary school in Nicoll Way to teach children about fire safety ahead of Bonfire Night.
Watch Commander Cliff Webb explained to children the dangers of playing with fire and told them how to be careful while still having fun with sparklers.
He advised them the best way to enjoy fireworks was to attend displays like the free one organised by Elstree and Borehamwood Town Council in Meadow Park on November 5.
If their families were buying their own fireworks, he warned children not to get too close and not to touch ones that had not exploded.
Afterwards he opened the floor to questions from the children, who quizzed him and the other firefighters on topics from what to do if a firework hits your house to how to stay safe when trapped alone inside a house on fire.
Afterwards children from the school council tried on helmets and climb inside the fire engine.
One lucky pupil even had the chance to turn on the siren.
Teacher Mrs Santos said she and the children had greatly enjoyed the visit.
She said: “I'll encourage my children to remember this message by having them draw pictures and posters about fire safety ahead of Bonfire Night.
Watch commander Webb said visiting schools was a very important part of the fire station’s work to engage with the community and educate members of the public about how to avoid fires.
He said: “Today’s visit went well. The children love our visits and seeing the fire engine. It’s important to keep talks like this light so children get the message and remember it without being too frightened.”
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