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Schools get Safety-Savvy with Help from Safety Sam

Schools get Safety-Savvy with Help from Safety Sam

09 June 2017

Phoenix Natural Gas has launched a new campaign aimed at helping local school children understand the hazards of playing on or near construction sites.

The ‘Play Safe, Stay Safe’ schools programme has been launched to primary schools within County Down, where the company is currently working to extend the natural gas pipeline and bring the benefits of natural gas to an additional 28,000 properties.


Chantal Hemphill, Health, Safety and Environmental Manager at Phoenix Natural Gas said, “As a construction company, safety is our number one priority and I am delighted to bring the ‘Play Safe, Stay Safe’ programme to primary school children across County Down.


“Phoenix Natural Gas first launched this programme during construction of the Greater Belfast licence area in the late 90s. With work underway to extend the network into thirteen new towns in County Down, we have re-launched the programme and are back out on the road visiting local primary schools to deliver our important safety message, with the help of our friendly character, Safety Sam.


“Construction sites are hazardous places, particularly for children, who may not be aware of the threats they pose. Our sessions are designed to be interactive, fun and engaging, whilst delivering serious message which will help protect children in our local communities.


“In addition, the new-look programme also includes a ‘Phoenix Eco-Warriors’ session, focused on the environment. The aim of this session is to communicate the importance of looking after our environment and to inspire a new generation of environmentally focused children to continue to do good work in this area. We have also launched the Phoenix Eco-Warrior School competition which will reward one lucky school for their environmental efforts”, added Chantal.


Phoenix Natural Gas is committed to upholding the very highest standards in health and safety, which has been recognised internationally through numerous awards. The company recently won an International Safety Award with Merit from the British Safety Council and the company was also one of only 64 organisations worldwide to receive a prestigious Sword of Honour award, accepting the accolade for the third time in 2016.


The ‘Play Safe, Stay Safe’ educational programme continues to run throughout the calendar year until end of June and will recommence in September 2017.

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