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SkillZONE hosts a tea party with a difference


Some parties have gifts, balloons and maybe even a game of musical chairs, but how about safety advice from the county’s fire service?

Next week a very special party will be taking place. Firefighters from the county’s fire service will be offering advice on how to keep children safe as part of a national campaign.

Child Safety Week takes place from Monday 5th to Sunday 11th June and is run by Child Accident Prevention Trust. It is designed to raise awareness of the risks of child accidents and offers advice on how they can be prevented.

This year’s theme is ‘sharing is caring’. The trust is asking people to play their part in keeping children safe by sharing their experiences and knowledge. This can be their own personal experiences, but also practical, simple things they do to prevent them.

To mark Child Safety Week, SkillZONE and Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service will be working together to promote safety advice.

On Monday 5th June, SkillZONE will be hosting a ‘SafeTea’ afternoon for families. It will include tour visits of the SkillZONE, simple tips to keep children and families safe, child car seat checks and a safety hero competition.

Visitors to the party will also be given the chance to take the Bitrex® Taste Test. This is a product that can be put onto potentially dangerous items to make them taste bitter so that children will spit them out, avoiding risk of choking.

As with any good tea party there will be free afternoon tea and cake available to visitors.

Stewart Edgar, chief fire officer at Gloucesestershire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “Sharing the responsibility of keeping the children of Gloucestershire safe from harm and injury is something that the teams within Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue service actively do each and every day.

“The national week for child safety offers a fantastic opportunity to send out safety messages to parents and carers in our continued efforts to prevent serious injury to our younger generation.”

Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure, said: “Our fire crews work so hard to keep us safe all year round. This Child Safety Week they will be joining the team from SkillZONE to offer advice and support on simple steps you can take to keep children safe.

“I’d encourage as many people as possible to go along to the event on Monday. This is a brilliant chance for families to learn really useful and practical tips on how to keep children safe from harm in a fun setting.”

The event will run from 3pm until 5pm on Monday 5th June. If you are interested in attending the ‘Safe-tea’ party, please RSVP to SkillZONE on 01452 834150 or

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