Families across East Sussex look set to have a fun and even safer summer thanks to a brand new activity booklet which is aiming to help youngsters understand how they can look out for risks, and keep themselves and their families safe.
The ‘Road trip to a Safe Summer’ is already helping children learn about the risks around road safety, outdoor safety and water safety.
The bright and colourful booklet created by Kent Fire and Rescue Service in partnership with East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service follows the fictional Byrnes family as they embark on their summer holiday. The family head off in their car, then arrive at the campsite, before they enjoy a day at the beach. Throughout their road trip they come across a range of hazards and learn a lot about how to stay safe along the way. Children are encouraged to use the stickers inside the booklet to fill in the gaps the Byrnes family’s road trip story. There’s also a chance to win a Byrnes family t-shirt by entering the colouring competition on the back page.
Families can pick up their free Road Trip to a Safe Summer activity booklet from campsites, caravan and holiday parks as well as local marina’s. These premises will be handing out the booklets to families while stocks last.
Susan Taylor, Water and Road Safety Coordinator for East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, said: “Our staff have been busy handing out the booklets to local children at station open days and community events. Families are already telling us they’re benefiting from the activity booklet that encourages children to think more about how to stay safe over the summer holidays - whether in the car, outdoors or in and around water.
“It’s all about instilling key safety messages while children have fun and enjoy completing the Byrnes family story with stickers, colouring in and having a go at a word search. It’s important that our materials are engaging and creative if we are successfully going to help to keep young people safe."