Gloucestershire’s new safety centre will host a Safe Summer Fun Day later this month which will include ‘mini Bikeability sessions’ provided by the Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership.
SKILLZONE, the newest safety centre in the country, is located at Gloucester South Fire Station. It is described as “a state-of-the-art life size village, a fully interactive learning environment to teach people of all ages how to recognise dangerous situations and stay safe”.
There are 16 zones covering a range of scenarios including road, rail and water safety, an internet cafe, as well as opportunities to cover home and personal safety.
The Safe Summer Fun Day on 19 July will feature fun activities including fire truck demonstrations, go karts and face painting, as well as setting out to deliver a summer holiday safety message.
During the day the Gloucestershire Road Safety Partnership will host a mini Level 1 Bikeability session, designed to help youngsters develop the skills and confidence they need to ride their bikes safely on the road. The Glos Bike Project will also be offering free bike safety checks and free bike marking.
Councillor Will Windsor-Clive, Gloucestershire County Council, said: “Summer is the time when people are out and about more; hitting the roads for their holidays, playing water games in the garden and lighting the BBQs.
“We want to make sure that everyone is having fun but at the same taking simple steps to stay safe. The Safe Summer Fun Day is a perfect way to demonstrate that message.”
Gloucestershire Fire & Rescue Service is also using Twitter and Facebook in the weeks leading up to the event to promote safety tips covering road safety, fire safety and water safety.