1          Verb + safety

 

Use the correct form of these verbs:

 

compromise                guarantee improve         reach

 

 

 

  1. Army officers told the journalists it was such a dangerous area that they could not ______________ their safety.

 

  1. The refugees walked for nearly a week until they ______________ safety.

 

  1. Railway companies have dismissed fears that staff cuts will ______________ safety. They say they are not putting profit before people’s lives.

 

  1. These new measures are designed to ______________ safety in our schools.

 

 

 

2          Expressions with prepositions

 

 

 

Complete the sentences with these expressions:

 

for the safety of         from the safety of for your own safety      in safety to safety

 

 

 

  1. In the crowded streets of the city centre it is difficult to find a place where children can play ______________ .

 

  1. The boat sank about a hundred metres from the shore, but we all managed to swim______________ .

 

  1. The police are concerned ______________ a three-year-old boy who has been missing for two days.

 

  1. In the safari park you can watch the lions ______________ your car.

 

  1. Smoking and the use of mobile phones are not permitted on board this plane ______________ .

 

 

 

3          Safety + noun

 

 

 

Complete the sentences below with these nouns:

 

features                       precautions procedures

 

reasons                        regulations record

 

 

 

  1. Farmers need to take safety ____________ and wear protective clothing when spraying pesticides onto their crops.

 

  1. The area in the park near where the children play has been fenced off for safety ____________ .

 

  1. This hall does not conform to safety ____________. That’s why we can’t let the public use it.

 

  1. Very stringent safety checks are carried out on all our planes. That’s why this airline has such an excellent safety ____________ .

 

  1. Our engineers have incorporated all the latest safety____________ into the design of this car.

 

  1. As the plane prepared for take-off, the cabin crew demonstrated the safety ____________ .

 

 

 

4          Noun + preposition + safety

 

 

 

Cross out the wrong preposition in these sentences:

 

  1. There is growing concern about / on the safety of mobile phones.

 

  1. German cars have a reputation on / for safety and reliability.

 

  1. In the interests of / in safety, smoking is forbidden in the cinema.

 

  1. This latest accident has raised doubts in / about the safety of the aircraft.

 

  1. The firemen led the women out of the burning building to a place of / in safety.

 

  1. With no thought to / of her own safety, she dived into the river to save the drowning child.

 

 

 

Notes:

 

  1. Note this expression:

 

There’s safety in numbers, so it’s better to walk home with a friend late at night.

 

 

 

  1. Note these adjective collocations:

 

The thick glass walls allow you to watch these wild animals in perfect / complete safety.

 

The car is fitted with side bars for extra safety.

 

 

 

  1. Note this expression:

 

The fireman carried the child to safety.

 

 

 

  1. Note the following noun collocations:

 

All employees are issued with health and safety guidelines.

 

The reduction in the speed limit is part of a new road safety campaign.

 

 

 

  1. By law, companies have to have a ‘Health and Safety’ expert, who is responsible for all matters relating to the safety of employees.

 

 

 

ANSWER KEY

 

Ex 1:

 

  1. guarantee     2. reached 3. compromise     4. improve

 

Ex 2:

 

  1. in safety    2. to safety 3. for the safety of      4. from the safety of 5. for your own safety

 

Ex 3:

 

  1. precautions     2. reasons 3. regulations      4. record 5. features 6. procedures

 

Ex 4:

 

  1. concern about     2. reputation for   3.interests of 4. doubts about      5. place of 6. thought of