Security and Farm Safety
Security in the home and on farms has been a hot topic of debate recently among rural communities.
Improving home security and making people more aware of the units that are there to support them in the event of an emergency is the theme behind a major Safey Awareness Exhibition being organised by An Garda Síochána on Saturday, October 31, in the Breaffy Sports Arena, Castlebar, Co. Mayo.
The family-focussed day will feature educational stands relating to crime prevention, farm safety, fire safety, and also featuring the Order of Malta (first aid) and Mayo Mental Health Association (health and well being).
Emergency service units, including the garda air support unit, dogs unit, mounted unit, armed regional support unit, and water unit, as well as crash simulations and fire services, will be on hand to outline the services in the event of an emergency.
The exhibition runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will feature all the latest technology in security, including alarms for homes and businesses, CCTV, security lighting and doors, security gates, elderly response pendants, fire safety in the home, road and cycle safety.
The idea is to make people more aware of their own security and to see how this can be improved and how the gardaí and the community can support each other in the fight against crime, both urban and rural.
The Mayo divisional crime prevention officer will offer advice on crime prevention and information on the community alert and text alert shemes, valuable tools in the fight against crime.
Given the rise in farm accidents, there will be a big focus on farm safety, including a demonstration of the many dangers that are on the farm and some simple measures that can be put in place to make the farm a safer environment.
Entry is free and all are welcome. Refreshments will be provided by Mayo Roscommon Hospice.