Campaign highlights festive safety message

Published on 03 December 2015

LOCAL schoolchildren have designed Christmas cards with messages highlighting the importance of staying safe this Christmas.

Pupils from 17 local schools have created the cards for a competition reminding people of the importance of keeping themselves and their property safe over the festive period.

Winners of the competition are due to be announced on Saturday, December 5, at a Celebrate Safely event taking place from 2pm to 4pm at Central Fire Station in Leicester. 

The competition is part of a seasonal campaign involving Leicester City Council, Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service, and Leicestershire Police, which visited schools to share safety messages at school assemblies during October and November.

Key safety messages have included:

· Locking all doors and windows, even if going out for a short time

. Don’t leave Christmas presents by windows or in plain sight

. Keeping a light on when people are not at home

· Cover any expensive necklaces or jewellery with a scarf when out

. Lock doors and windows before leaving home

· Pay attention to what is happening around you at any events, and trust your instincts if you feel unsafe

Prizes in the Christmas card competition include family tickets for the Christmas pantomime at De Montfort Hall.

Leicester assistant city mayor for children, young people and schools, Cllr Sarah Russell, said: “Christmas is a wonderful time of year, full of family-oriented activities and events, and these clear safety messages will help ensure people can enjoy the festive season to the full. 

“It is very encouraging to see pupils getting involved in sharing these tips on staying safe and designing greetings cards of their own.”