Stay away from building sites plea

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As the school summer holidays get under way, a housebuilder is warning youngsters across Bedfordshire to stay away from its building sites.

New home developments under construction may look like fun and exciting places to play, but Barratt Homes North Thames is warning children they also pose serious dangers.

“Building sites are full of potential dangers and, as the school summer holidays are almost here, it is important to remind children and their parents of the need to stay away from them,” said John Farley, Construction Director at Barratt Homes North Thames.

“Youngsters are often on the lookout for somewhere new and exciting to play, but construction sites are not adventure playgrounds. While our construction teams watch out for youngsters during the day and we secure our sites at night, we also ask parents to make sure they know where their children are during the holiday time.”

Barratt Homes holds regular safety talks and site visits for schools close to where it is building, to highlight the hazards of playing on or near building sites.

“It’s important to get youngsters thinking about the dangers that exist to emphasise the message they should stay away from building sites,” he added.