Gas Safety Trust cash boost for the Risk Factory

The Risk Factory is to receive a boost from the Gas Safety Trust as they pledge to sponsor the community safety education centre for the next three years.

The Gas Safety Trust will present £2,000 to The Risk Factory tomorrow (August 24). This contribution shows just how valuable they feel the messages delivered by the centre are.

The sponsorship will go towards the house scenario, which is used to educate young people about the dangers in and around their own homes. The house scenario includes a fitted kitchen with a gas cooker, faulty combi - boiler, gas meter and audible CO alarm.

The Risk Factory has been a success story since it opened in February 2007. It is Scotland's first purpose built, interactive community safety centre and the aim is to teach young people, how to stay safe and to help others do the same.

Inside the building, realistic settings are used to highlight safety messages. Scenarios are outlined by a dedicated team of volunteers and safety areas include a road, bus, railway line and a building site to name but a few.

Councillor Paul Edie, Community Safety Leader, said: "It's fantastic to see The Risk Factory receive support from the Gas Safety Trust. The centre is a great environment for children to learn about dangerous or anti-social behaviour, reducing incidents and dealing with emergencies in the future. It would not be possible to run the centre without sponsorship or the volunteers who help make the centre such a roaring success."

Nigel Dumbrell, Head of Charitable Operations at the Gas Safety Trust, said: "One of the real dangers in the home is the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Every year it needlessly claims lives, lives which often would be saved through some simple education and training. That's why we're so pleased to be supporting The Risk Factory for the next three years."

The Risk Factory is funded by the City of Edinburgh Council, East Lothian Council, Midlothian Council, West Lothian Council, Lothian and Borders Police and Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service. It is located in a purpose built unit in Chesser and is staffed by City of Edinburgh Council employees and secondees from Lothian and Borders Police and Fire and Rescue Service.

The Risk Factory is Scotland's first purpose built community safety centre, established to provide fun educational activities relating to community safety. For more information about The Risk Factory please visit their website: www.theriskfactory.org.

An example of one of the scenarios available at the centre is the fire scenario. This aims to make children aware of domestic fire safety and what to do in the event of fire. This involves evacuating the house in the event of a fire or a smoke alarm sounding, being able to make a 999 call giving the correct and relevant details and the importance of staying out of the building and not re-entering. On evacuation of the house, children enter the street area where they encounter a vandalised and non-vandalised phone box. This tests their decision-making as to what they should do next.

Partners are the four local authorities and Lothian and Borders Police and Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service. Sponsors are: Royal Bank of Scotland, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Lothian and Borders Camera Partnership, Scottish Community Safety Network, Network Rail, Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Electrical Safety Council and the Gas Safety Trust.

About The Gas Safety Trust

The Gas Safety Trust, established in 2005 as a registered charitable body, has become the UK's leading gas safety charity with the key objectives of further improving gas safety for the public and industry throughout the United Kingdom and reducing the incidents of death and serious injury from carbon monoxide exposure.

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