The story is set in a family home as the family prepares for Sam’s birthday party. The story is told in picture form as well as simple one line sentences and is all about the day of Sam’s birthday.
Page 1 shows Sam in the kitchen with Mum. Tiger, his cat, is also with them. Mum is preparing breakfast. There is a range of dangerous items and risks shown.
Page 2 shows Sam’s sister, Poppy, baking a birthday cake with Gran. Tiger is seen lapping up spilt milk and again there’s a range of potential dangers.
Page 3 shows Sam rushing into the room and Grandpa snoozing on the chair. Tiger’s knocked over a vase of flowers and there are many dangerous things in the lounge.
Page 4 shows Dad busy cleaning the hallway and again many potential hazards can be seen.
Page 5 shows Sam in his bedroom playing. It’s a typical young boy’s room but is full of risks and hazards.
Page 6 shows Gran running a bath for Poppy surrounded by a range of dangerous things.
Page 7 shows Mum and Dad finishing fixing a surprise present for Sam – a garden climbing frame but the shed is a really dangerous place with tools and poisons.
Page 8 shows the family out in the garden trying to get the barbecue ready but the wind is blowing and it’s a bit risky.
Page 9 shows the party in full swing with all the guests at Sam’s birthday party. Even though everyone’s having fun, there are lots of dangers to look out for.
The main things to talk about on each page are:
Page 1: The Kitchen
- Sharp knives left out
- Electrical cables hanging that can be caught and pull the kettle down
- Hot things like the kettle and toaster that can scald or burn
- Poisonous chemicals and cleaning things
Page 2: The Kitchen
- Hot ovens and open gas flames
- Tea towels left near flames on cooker
- Saucepan handles sticking out that can be knocked and pour boiling liquid down
- Dropping sticky food stuff on floor where you could slip or trip
- Wobbly high stools where you could fall
Page 3: The Lounge
- Overloaded electricity sockets, which could catch fire and burn, or you could trip on cables
- Tripping over ruckled rugs
- Too many toys left on the floor where you could trip
- Broken glass vases where you could cut yourself
Page 4: The Hallway
- Cables from hoover where you could trip
- Glass bowls on edges of table which could fall and break
- Reaching up whilst on stairs where you could overbalance and fall
- Hot irons left out
- Open wall socket
Page 5: The Bedroom
- An open window where you could fall out
- Broken drinking glass where you could cut yourself
- Old biscuits left out, which could be mouldy
- A banana skin on the floor where you could slip or trip
- Open socket
Page 6: The Bathroom
- Medicines and tablets, which can be poisonous if not prescribed for you
- Open sharp scissors that could cut
- Mat where you could trip
- Hot tap left running on full where you could burn yourself
- A full bath where you could drown
Page 7: The Shed
- Huge number of sharp pointed tools that can cut or hurt
- Electric cable, which could be tripped over or pulled at
- The drill itself, which is electric
- Open socket
- Nails and screws, which are not only sharp but very dangerous if put in the mouth
- Cat litter which is poisonous
- Fuel for lawn mower, which is poisonous
Page 8: The Barbecue
- Open matches, which could start a fire
- Hot barbecue, which could burn
- Wind blowing tablecloth, which could catch light on the barbecue flames
- Broken bottle on the ground, which could cut
Page 9: The Garden Party
- Pointed sharp barbecue tools
- Hot flames of the barbecue
- Spilt drink where you could slip
- Dangerous tools in the shed
Four main examples of dangers can be found on each page and these can be discussed with the children as they find each one but there are other potential risks that may cause problems too. Key safety messages include:
- understanding what danger is and keeping an eye out for it
- staying away from fire and things that are hot
- not touching sharp things
- recognising and avoiding poisonous things (including old food and medicine)
- being careful when moving about
- cleaning up mess or spills that can be tripped over or slipped on
- avoiding dangerous places like garden sheds
- not leaving things in places where they can fall and break.