Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Stockton Home Safety Association Minutes

Date:
Tuesday, 20th May, 2014
Time:
1.30pm
Place:
Ground Floor Committee Room, Town Hall, High Street, Stockton on Tees, TS18 1AU
 
Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

Attendance Details

Present:
Cllr Julia Cherrett, Cllr Carol Clark, Cllr Evaline Cunningham, Cllr Bill Woodhead
Officers:
Jenna McDonald(LDS) Andrea Gledhill(Trading Standards), Allison Lilliendahl(Children's Centre Officer)Paul Beattie(Cleveland Fire Brigade)Bob Warnock(Clinical Care Coordinator)
Item Description Decision
Public
SHS
1/14
EVACUATION PROCEDURE
 
SHS
2/14
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
 
SHS
3/14
DRAFT MINUTES - 25TH MARCH 2014
AGREED that the minutes be approved subject to minor amendments
SHS
4/14
REPORT FROM CLINICAL CARE COORDINATOR
AGREED that:

1. The Age UK dvd would be circulated to Members.

2. Plans would be considered for Falls Awareness Day in October 2014
SHS
5/14
REPORT OF TRADING STANDARDS OFFICER
AGREED that Members would be informed of Trading Standards budgeting position at a future meeting.
SHS
6/14
REPORT OF CHILDREN'S CENTRE OFFICER
AGREED that the information be noted
SHS
7/14
REPORT OF FIRE OFFICER
AGREED that if a fire officer was not able to attend future meetings, an information pack would be sent as an alternative to present to Members.

Preamble

ItemPreamble
SHS
1/14
The evacuation procedure was noted.
SHS
2/14
Cllr William Woodhead declared a personal non prejudicial interest as he was a Member on the Fire Authority.
SHS
3/14
Consideration was given to the draft minutes of the meeting held on 25th March 2014.
SHS
4/14
A Clinical Care Coordinator attended the meeting to give Members an update.

Members heard that self-assessment packs had been introduced to enable and empower individuals to carry out assessments on themselves. It was highlighted that while some people carried out assessments on themselves, others were assessed by professionals.

It was heard that the Clinical Care Coordination Team aimed at displaying a one minute advertisement for self-assessment packs in the waiting areas of GP Surgeries in order to engage the public.

Members were informed that self-assessment packs included a series of questions. It was highlighted that the information which an individual was given was dependent upon the answers which they provided. Members heard that all self-assessment packs included a pre-paid envelope which aimed at encouraging individuals to send their assessment results back to Falls Awareness professionals to be analysed.

Members of the association heard that the falls awareness team had carried out work with carers in the borough including carers in the community and also care home staff. It was highlighted that in 2013/14 work which had been carried out with care staff was based on falls elements whereas in 2014/15 workshops and information sessions would be based on Mental Health and Nutrition.
SHS
5/14
An Officer from Trading Standards attended the meeting to give Members an update.

The Association heard that since the last meeting which was held on 25th March 2014 there had been a follow up on blind cords which were handed out to the public. It was highlighted that nurseries found the blind cords and guidance packs extremely useful.

Members were informed of a safety complaint which Trading Standards had received regarding a Morphy Richards Kettle, it was highlighted that the kettle was in for testing at the time of the meeting and an outcome was yet to be confirmed.

The Association heard that on 13th June 2014 significant changes were to have been made to legislation with regards to door stop selling. Members were informed that one legislation would have covered a range of different topics.
SHS
6/14
An officer from the Children's Centre provided Members with updates.

Members heard that following on from the pop up shop event held in the shambles, all equipment had been delivered to those who requested it.

It was highlighted that child safety week was due to have taken place between 23rd - 27th June 2014. Resource Workers from the department of Home Safety had plans to visit the Children's Ward at North Tees Hospital to advertise Child Safety week.
SHS
7/14
Members received information from a Fire Officer from Cleveland Fire Brigade.

It was highlighted that Cleveland Fire Brigade supplied emergency equipment to families and individuals which included items such as heaters, lamps and electric blankets.

The Association were informed that Fire Officers were carrying out work with Enforcement Officers and Police Community Support Officers (PCSO) to look at fire risks in the Borough such as fly tipping. Fire officers had also carried out events and workshops with Children's Centres, Nurseries and care homes in the area.

It was highlighted that as a whole, fires in general were extremely low in the borough including car fires and fires caused by cigarettes and furniture. Members were informed that there had been an increase in cooking and electrical fires.

There had been a number of cases where a house fire had been caused due to an E-Cigarette being left on charge for too long. The Fire Officer informed the Association that smoking related questions were asked and advice was provided as part of the Home Fire Safety visits.

It was heard that Fire Officers aimed at raising awareness of Safety in the home by:

- Distributing information leaflets
- Holding coffee mornings which involved group discussions
- Attending monthly meetings
- Visiting sheltered accommodation
- Carrying out home visits
- Including home safety information in Midwifery packs

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