Council to advise on Christmas safety


Published: Monday 1st December 2014 by Paul Nickerson - Writer

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A 5-day event to promote Christmas safety  is being held  at St Stephens’ Shopping Centre this week.

The event, which starts today is being run by  Hull Community Safety Partnership to increase overall public awareness of keeping safe at Christmas.

The event focuses on  a different aspect of safety each day, with advice available fire safety, shopping, home security, drink driving and personal safety.

To make it more real, activities will be held in a replacer  home, shop and pub. It is hoped that this will highlight areas for discussion with the public and prompt them to consider their own situations in the home, whilst shopping or when out and about.

Representatives from Humberside Fire and Rescue, Humberside Police, Hull City Council Trading Standards, Licensing and Substance Misuse teams will also be on hand 10am – 4pm to offer advice and guidance.

Councillor John Hewitt, Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods and Communities said:

“Christmas is such a wonderful time of year and we want our residents to enjoy every second. Unfortunately there are some that will try to spoil that, for example with counterfeit goods sold as Christmas gifts.

“I hope this event will raise awareness of potential issues that people could face and ensure no-one falls victim of them”.

Chief Inspector Lee Edwards, Neighbourhood Policing Commander for Hull said:

“We are taking part in various activity under the Operation Yuletide banner to deter criminality, reassure the public and bring offenders to justice over the festive period.

“However, we can’t stop crime alone and need the public to take steps to protect themselves. These events are ideal opportunities for the public to speak to officers and get advice to ensure they stay safe this Christmas.”

Allen Cunningham, Group Manager, Community Safety Central Support, is delighted that Humberside Fire and Rescue is getting involved:

“We want everyone to have an enjoyable but safe Christmas. Events like this are a great time to remind the public that faulty fairy lights and other decorations, overloaded plug sockets and candles left unattended can all pose fire risks.

Cooking related incidents make up around half of all house fires, so I would urge those in charge of the turkey to be extra vigilant this year and not leave the Christmas dinner unattended!”

The exhibit will be set up inside the Colonial Street entrance to St Stephens and be opened 10am – 4pm daily.

Published: Monday 1st December 2014 by Paul Nickerson - Writer

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