“We heard a man tell another one the other day…

…that he “Stood around looking just like an accident waiting to happen!” We nearly fainted.” From the column With…. Solomon The Exchange Editor, published in the Central Kansas Democrat (Lyons, Kansas) of Friday 6th October 1905: quoted by Pascal Tréguer, graduate of French literature and linguistics, on his word histories website.

From Wikipedia:

“The origins of RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) date to the First World War when, in response to the ‘alarming increase in road accidents’ during the blackouts, the London ‘Safety First’ Council was established on 1 Dec 1916. In 1917, accident data were collected, there was a call to license all drivers, three children’s safety competitions were run (involving 57,000 pupils) and a railway safety committee was established. A campaign to change the pedestrian rule so that walkers face oncoming traffic was so successful that fatal accidents caused by pedestrians stepping into the path of vehicles fell by 70 per cent in 12 months…

In 1932 the National “Safety First” Association extended its activities to Home Safety, and Caroline Haslett, director of the Electrical Association for Women, was appointed as chair of Home Safety Committee, a post she held until 1936, becoming the first woman vice president in 1937.

In 1936 the Duke of York became King George VI and continued as Patron of the Association. In 1941, with the agreement of the King, the Association changed its name to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents – as it is known today.

RoSPA’s work concerns safety on the road (the organisation estimates that 550,000 people have died on Britain’s roads since Bridget Driscoll’s death in 1896), at work, in the home, at leisure, on and in the water as well as safety education for the young.

The Cycling Proficiency Test was created by RoSPA in 1947 as a minimum recommended standard for cycling on British roads…”

From hwfire.org.uk:

“…My name is Jan and I am an Education Assistant in Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service. Next week we will be doing work together to achieve the Fire Safety badge for you all.

The Brownie Badge Book, page 35, says what we need to cover to get you each your Fire Safety Badge. It looks like a lot of hard work, but is really quite easy and I hope that you find it fun. I have put some information in this newsletter that will help us next week, so please read it all.

I bet you can’t guess which of these things firefighters do!

 Give safety lectures to schools, businesses

 Deal with bomb threats

 Take regular fitness training

 Attend education lectures

 Provide emergency response following vehicle crashes

 Practice drill exercises

 Visit homes of firestarters

 Plan response to terrorist incidents

Ok, so some of these were pretty easy. But a firefighter has to be ready to do everything in the list. That’s why no two days are the same, and that’s one of the things that Fire-fighters love about their job.

Would you like to be a Fire-fighter?…”

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