We provide educational resources for teachers and educators to use to increase safety awareness at different times of the year.
Diwali, the Festival of Light celebrated by Hindus, Jains and Sikhs, comes from the word ‘deepavali’ meaning “rows of lighted lamps”.
Held each year in October/November, Diwali remember the story of Rama and Sita, and is celebrated by cleaning houses, welcoming visitors, making artistic decorations such as rangoli patterns, using fireworks and of course Diyas for lights.
Diyas are small oil lamps, which you may want to make out of clay and decorate with your class.
If you do, please remind the children to be very careful if using tealights in their Diyas, we would advise if possible to use LED tealight candles, which can be easily obtained in many shops.
Halloween – 31 October
At Halloween, pumpkins are carved, children dress up in scary costumes and ‘trick or treating’ takes place. However, this can be a dangerous time with long flowing costumes near unexpected naked flames.
Please encourage children to take great care around naked flames; if possible, put an LED candle in their pumpkin and make sure that they know to STOP, DROP and ROLL if clothes catch fire.
You may remember the incident where Claudia Winkleman’s daughter’s Halloween costume caught fire, this YouTube link shows part of the interview she did two years later. PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS NOT INTENDED TO BE VIEWED BY THE CHILDREN but for information only. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNtUBV8wIsQ
Bonfire Night – 5 November
Bonfire/Fireworks night is really good fun; however, from a fire safety point of view, we urge all children and adults to be very careful.
Here is a colouring sheet for your use, with safety information for adults on the back.
The BBC have created an interactive quiz about the Gunpowder Plot, can you get all the answers before the gunpowder blows up? http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/interactive/games/gunpowder/index.shtml