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Cardiff pupils are helped to keep ‘gas safe’

Posted on: 14/03/2018

Junior pupils from St John Lloyd Roman Catholic School have learnt vital gas safety information from Wales & West Utilities, the gas pipeline and emergency service across Wales and south west England, after being one of the first schools in the Cardiff area to benefit from a dedicated lesson from their Gas Safety Ambassadors. 

Year 2 pupils benefited from the company’s ‘Safety Seymour’ day, whilst pupils from across the Junior School listened to an assembly from Wales & West Utilities Gas Safety Ambassadors, who educated them on the importance of CO awareness, as well as the steps to take to keep themselves safe.

Safety Seymour is aimed specifically at six and seven year olds and features games, drama and craft to help people stay safe from the dangers of carbon monoxide in their homes.

As part of the assembly, the ambassadors explained what gas does in the home and how it gets there. They described what Wales & West Utilities do to make sure people continue to receive a safe and reliable gas supply, as well as the steps they should take if they were to smell gas or suspect CO poisoning. Pupils were then encouraged to learn the emergency gas phone number – 0800 111 999.

Julia Walsh, a teacher at St John Lloyd Roman Catholic School, said:

“When we learnt of the opportunity for our pupils to be educated first-hand through Wales & West Utilities we jumped at the chance.

“Gas safety is essential and the delivery of the lesson was done in an interactive manner, but with a serious message for youngsters to take back to their loved ones. We all really enjoyed learning about an important subject but in an interesting way.”

Andrew Firth, Wales & West Utilities Data Accuracy Officer and Gas Safety Ambassador, said:

We were delighted to visit St John Lloyd Roman Catholic School and let the young people know about the importance of gas safety. As a company we’re always working hard to help keep the communities we serve safe and warm as well as raising awareness of the deathly dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning.

“The pupils were really engaged and we now urge them to take this important information back to their families and loved ones.”

Wales & West Utilities, the gas emergency and pipeline service, brings energy to 7.5m people across the south west of England and Wales. If anyone smells gas, thinks they have a gas leak, or suspects carbon monoxide poisoning, they should call us on 0800 111 999 and our engineers will be there to help, day or night.