Half of Warning Zone is made up of eight, set-piece scenarios. Each incorporate realistic settings, interactive equipment and special effects. There are no paper and pens, everything being ‘hands-on’ and experiential. Each scenario lasts for 12 minutes, has five key learning points and concludes with a check on understanding.
Common causes of house fires (e.g. candles, overloading plug sockets), second hand smoke, smoke detectors, fire escape plans, checking for fires behind doors, and calling the emergency services are all looked at in this scenario.
How electricity is created and how it travels around the country; the dangers of overhead wire and trespassing in sub-stations are all discussed in this setting.
The hazards of building sites and the dangers of trespassing are addressed in the adjoining scenario.
This zone focuses on groups of young people who drink in public places. We discuss the effects of alcohol on health, age limits and the effects their behaviour can have on the surrounding community and people who use public areas.
Key messages in this zone include: feeling safe, making decisions and taking risks, recognising our body’s early warning signs which indicate a potentially unsafe situation, and talking to strangers on the internet.
In this scenario, our visitors learn about flags and signs at the beach – when it is safe to swim – the dangers of entering rivers, canals and bodies of water, the effects of cold water shock and the consequences of damaging or removing life saving equipment.
What criminal damage is, what arson is, who pays for criminal damage, peer pressure, hoax calls, the age of criminal responsibility and the consequences of having a criminal record are all looked at in this scenario.
In this scenario, topics discussed include: ways of travelling to school, how to reduce risks when travelling (e.g. not wearing headphones), the importance of seatbelts, smoking in cars and behaviour when walking near roads.
The speed at which a train travels and the stopping distance required, the offence of trespassing, the consequences and dangers of putting objects on tracks or throwing things at trains, and safe ways to cross railway lines are all discussed in the eighth zone.
“This is now one of our essential trips – children learn so much at Warning Zone”.
-Year 6 Teacher, Holy Cross Catholic School. May 2016
“All the activities were a lot of fun; my favourite was the ‘house-fire’. I’ve asked my mum to check on the fire alarms!”
-Pupil, Christ the King Catholic School. June 2016