A CREATIVE fire service worker is helping schoolchildren in South Yorkshire learn about the risks of blazes in the home after designing a special board game.
Schools across the county will be receiving copies of Jake’s Fire Safety Game, which encourages youngsters to think about how to prevent flames breaking out in different situations.
The game was devised by fire community support officer Sarah Unwin, who educates children at the Lifewise Centre in Rotherham.
Players help a fictional character called Jake learn about safety, while collecting various pieces of firefighting equipment to put out a blaze.
Sarah said: “I’ve spent years visiting schools and talking to children about safety, and was tasked with coming up with a game that would mean pupils’ learning could continue after the fire service visited.
“I tested a prototype for the game with some of those children, plus members of my own family, and they loved it.”
She added: “It’s great to see that my initial idea has now been turned into a proper, finished product.”
More than 10,000 children visit the Lifewise centre every year and the game is part of the fire service’s commitment to ensure children’s safety education continues beyond classroom lessons and school trips.
South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue’s head of community safety, Diane Malpass, said: “Sarah had a great idea, tested it properly on her audience and the feedback from teachers and pupils was great, so we decided to turn it into a polished product.
“Safety education should continue all year round, not just when a member of the fire service visits school, and this game is one way we’ll be making sure that happens.”
Visit South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue for more information.