Monday, April 16, 2012

News: U-Explore help residents Stay Safe


Rotherham-based education specialists, U-Explore, has developed an interactive platform designed to educate both adults and young people about the safety and security hazards around the home and how to avoid them.

Launched last week by South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, South Yorkshire Police and NHS Yorkshire and Humber, the Stay Safe website invites users to select a character which takes you on a journey around a virtual neighbourhood. In the range of buildings you can investigate to find out more about potential safety and security hazards through a series of 360-degree virtual tours, which include video and other interactive information.

After exploring the homes in the neighbourhood, you are quizzed on your knowledge and can build up a score by identifying and preventing the hazards in a room. The faster you can carry out action such actions such as turning off light switches and blowing out candles, the higher your score.

The new Stay Safe initiative is linked to the Lifewise Centre, an interactive learning centre at Hellaby in Rotherham for South Yorkshire communities. The centre, jointly run by community safety departments from South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue and South Yorkshire Police, is a life-size film set of a small town, which is used to deliver safety messages to the public.

Jon Torn, station manager at South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, said: "As we continue to work to drive down fire deaths and injuries, this online resource offers a new way for us to take our message to the community. Fully interactive, it allows residents to learn for themselves how to reduce their risk of fire around the home and compliments our range of existing educational tools."

Superintendent Eddie Murphy from South Yorkshire Police added: "This interactive site allows members of the public to learn about fire safety and crime prevention from the comfort of their own home. Linked to the Lifewise Centre. Over time the site will be developed further to include other important messages relating to road safety and I hope that the Stay Safe initiative will prove popular with the local community."

Lifewise website

U-Explore website

Images: U-Explore


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