Visitors take a close look at Hazard Alley
Safety Centre open day

Watch Manager Bob Stilton, centre, and community safety coordinator Ian Turner talk to Milton Keynes Mayor Councillor Debbie Brock about the fire demonstration unit funded by SaferMK. Looking on are Blaze Bear and the Safety Centre's Jan Alder.

24 August 2010

Visitors were able to take a close look at Hazard Alley’s carefully-designed safety awareness scenarios at the Safety Centre’s annual open day in Kiln Farm, Milton Keynes, on Sunday.

They also had the opportunity to take part in competitions, games and activities, and to pick up fire and road safety advice.

Among those who went along were Milton Keynes Mayor Councillor Debbie Brock and Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Fire Authority Chairman Councillor David Rowlands.

Ian Turner and David Ridley from Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service’s community safety team and Watch Manager Bob Stilton from Bletchley Fire Station gave a number of demonstrations showing how quickly a fire involving a pan of cooking oil can get out of control if it is tackled incorrectly.

They used a special display unit funded by SaferMK, the Milton Keynes Community Safety Partnership.

The correct way to deal with a pan fire is to:

  • Turn off the gas or electricity if it safe to do so.

  • Get everyone to leave the house, closing all doors behind you.

  • Call 999.

  • Stay outside, and don't go back inside until firefighters tell you it is safe to do so.

Firefighters from Great Holm Fire Station brought the station’s fire engine to the open day in the morning and its combined rescue pump and turntable ladder, called the Quint, in the afternoon.

Visitors were also able to see one of Thames Valley Police’s neighbourhood policing vans.

Director Jan Alder said: “The centre was set up to deliver important messages about safety to children by providing realistic experiences of danger and accidents in an entirely safe environment. 

“In 12 film-set scenes from everyday life, children are encouraged to identify hazards and develop safe strategies to deal with simulated and potential emergencies."

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