Burnley MP Julie Cooper gave her seal of approval to a fire safety book written by Blessed Trinity Roman Catholic College students.
The Year 10 Young Enterprise team from the Burnley school have written a book on ‘Hazardous Harry’ and it’s aimed at students aged three upwards.
It tells the story, in poem form, of how Hazardous Harry accidentally starts a fire while his sister is upstairs but she has learnt about fire safety so she follows the procedure of calling in the fire service to make sure everyone leaves the house safely.
The idea came about as the alarm went off in school.
“It’s excellent,” said the Burnley MP. “As a former teacher and a parent, I can see the appeal to primary school children.
“It’s eye-catching, it teaches a lesson and it could save a life. I would have bought it if my children were younger.
“A lot of work has gone into it, not just from writing it but producing it, marketing it and making it into a business. They are sending a strong message for children and it’s a step for them into the business community, which is thriving in Burnley.”
Chris Waring, the Fire Service Delivery Manager for Burnley, talked to the eight-strong group as they produced the book and he was impressed with the final outcome.
“The product is excellent and they have come such a long way since they first asked me about it. They could make Hazardous Harry into a series warning about all kinds of safety issues such as the dangers of water and more.”
The Young Enterprise group are hoping to produce a series of books which include Harry’s sister ‘Sensible Sally’ who will warn about the dangers of going on-line.
“We are really excited,” said student Alice Watson who wrote the poem. “We are going in front of Lancashire’s Dragons Den in February and will also be in the Young Enterprise competition in March, firstly in the North West stages and hopefully all the way to Europe.
“We want it to be a success.”
The students did a bag pack at Burnley Tesco to raise funds to have the book printed and they have sold out of their initial 100 copies and have ordered more.
The books are available for £3.99 from Blessed Trinity.
Picture: Eight Young Enterprise students with MP Julie Cooper, Chris Waring and Billie Jean Horne, the Community Champion from Tesco.