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Redruth pupils amongst the first Cornish youngsters to take home vital gas safe tips

Posted on: 27/06/2019

More than 50 pupils from Four Lane’s Pencoys Primary School have been amongst the first Cornish youngsters to take home important gas safety information after a ‘Safety Seymour’ visit from Wales & West Utilities.

The gas pipeline and emergency service spent time in the school delivering sessions to both Year 2 and 3 pupils to help drive home the simple steps people can take to stay safe from the dangers of carbon monoxide. The events were part of the company’s ‘Safety Seymour’ programme, which is aimed specifically at six and seven-year olds, and features an interactive day with games, drama and craft to raise awareness of the dangers carbon monoxide can pose in homes. It was delivered by Wales & West Utilities Gas Safety Ambassadors. 

As part of the day, 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 national gas emergency number – 0800 111 999.

Pencoys Primary School teacher Ms Kessell, said:

“The children were completely engaged for the whole visit from Wales & West Utilities. All the facts and information were delivered and explained in a very child-friendly manner. We really appreciated this visit as the children thoroughly enjoyed the experience whilst learning and absorbing the important safety messages.”

Louise Alfaresi is Procurement and Records Management Officer and a Gas Safety Ambassador at Wales & West Utilities and delivered the event. She said:

We were delighted to visit Pencoys Primary and it was great to see so many young children engage with the sessions and learn about 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.

“We now urge pupils to take this important information back to their families and loved ones.”

Wales & West Utilities investment programme involves upgrading old metal pipes to new longer-lasting plastic ones to ensure that the gas is kept flowing safely and reliably today, but it also helps make sure the gas network is fit for the future and can play its part in delivering reliable and affordable green energy.

Wales & West Utilities, the gas emergency and pipeline service, takes pride in serving Wales and the south west of England. 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. 

If you’d like a visit from Wales & West Utilities Gas Safety Ambassadors, contact them using: Engagement@wwutilities.co.uk