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Play Safe, Stay Safe this Summer

25 July 2012 9:51

Now that the school summer holidays are in full swing, NI Water is sending a ‘play safe’ message to young people in the North Belfast area.

In light of the company’s extensive Watermains Improvement Programme on the Cliftonville Road and the wider North Belfast area, NI Water is urging parents to ensure that children are aware of the dangers of playing near our construction sites.

Gavin McGinty, NI Water Project Manager for the Cliftonville Road Watermains Improvement Programme that is now underway explains:

“Understandably, natural curiosity will draw some children to these construction sites as they appear to be exciting places to explore. However, despite their appearance as potential playgrounds, they can have hidden hazards which, when fooling around at such sites can have dangerous and frightening consequences.

“We want to spread this message to young people in the area about the dangers of playing in or around construction sites.”

NI Water has some simple steps on how to stay safe:

1. Don’t climb on barriers and fences - They are there to protect you from serious injury and accidents.
2. Stay away from trenches and open manholes - They are dirty, deep and contain dangerous gases.
3. Keep clear of equipment - You may see diggers, lorries, pipes and other equipment, but don’t be tempted to touch or play with it!
4. Obey ‘Danger’ signs – construction sites, reservoirs and treatment works can be dangerous places, so stay well away.

Gavin continued: “NI Water is spending approximately £12 million replacing the watermains in the North Belfast area in order to improve our water infrastructure and ensure the water we provide is of the highest standard. We would ask parents, community representatives and young people to continue to be vigilant at all times, so everyone can have a safe and enjoyable Summer break.”

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