Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Stockton Home Safety Association Minutes

Date:
Tuesday, 25th February, 2014
Time:
1.30pm
Place:
Gorund Floor Committee Room, Town Hall, Hight Street, Stockton
 
Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

Attendance Details

Present:
Cllr Julia Cherrett, Cllr Carol Clark
Officers:
Jenna McDonald(LDS)
Alison Blackburn(Chidlren's Centre Officer)
Andrea Gledhill(Trading Standards)
In Attendance:
Ann Cains(Member of the Public)
Apologies for absence:
Cllr Evaline Cunningham, Cllr Bill Woodhead
Item Description Decision
Public
SHS
48/13
EVACUATION PROCEDURE
 
SHS
49/13
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
 
SHS
50/13
DRAFT MINUTES - 14TH JANUARY 2014
AGREED that the minutes be approved.
SHS
51/13
REPORT OF CHILDREN'S CENTRE OFFICER
 
SHS
52/13
REPORT OF FIRE OFFICER
 
SHS
53/13
REPORT OF POLICE OFFICER
 
SHS
54/13
REPORT OF TRADING STANDARDS OFFICER
 
SHS
55/13
FALLS AWARENESS DAY/SAFETY DAY
 

Preamble

ItemPreamble
SHS
48/13
The evacuation procedure was noted.
SHS
49/13
There were no declarations of interest.
SHS
50/13
Consideration was given to the draft minutes of the meeting held on 14th January 2014.
SHS
51/13
An Officer from The Children's Centre attended the meeting to give Members an update.

Members were informed that officers from the Children's Centre had recently met with Trading Standards to put together a series of events which were to be held in 2014. It was heard that the first was a pop up shop which was going to be held in The Shambles or the Enterprise Arcade in Stockton on Tees, the event date was due to be finalised on or before Friday 28th February 2014. The aim of the event was to increase people's awareness of the potential harm of:

- Blind Cords
- Nappy Sacks
- Liquid Tablets
- Batteries

It was heard that Officers from the Children's Centre were looking at inviting Fire Officers to the event to carry out workshops with the public and those who attended the event. The event would have also provided members of the public with free safeguarding household items such as medicine cabinets, bath mats, blind cord shorteners and more. Members suggested that the event should have been held on a Wednesday Market Day to attract more members of the public.

Members informed the Children's Centre Officer that Stockton Home Safety Association Members would have provided their help with the events in any way possible if needed.

It was heard that although many people were under the impression that bleech was one of the most dangerous substances it had been proven that washing tablets and soap powders were also extremely dangerous if consumed.

The Association heard that actions that needed to be followed up at the time of the meeting included; how to publicise the event and how insurance for the event could have been provided.

E-Cigarettes were discussed during the meeting to which Members raised their concerns rgearding a recent article in the media which stated the death of a dog after eating one of the E-cigarettes. Members agreed that if the contents of the E-Cigaretts were dangerous to an animal they would have been dangerous to children and adults.

Members heard that Child Safety Week was a National Event which was held the week commencing 23rd June 2014. It was highlighted that Children's Centres would hold their own events.
SHS
52/13
There was no Fire Officer in attendance of the meeting.
SHS
53/13
There was no Police Officer in attendance of the meeting.
SHS
54/13
An Enforcement Officer from Trading Standards presented Members with posters which were to be circulated to raise awareness of safeguarding precautions with regards to Nappy Sacks, Soap Powder Tablets and Liquid Tablets, Batteries and Blind Cords. It was heard that the posters were to be displayed in public places such as Doctors Surgeries and Libraries. The Association heard that with regards to blind cords, Trading Standards had written to 25 private nurserys to inquire about the distribution of the posters in those nurserys.

After viewing a recent media article of the death of a young girl due to inhaling areosols, Members raised concerns for the underage sales of areosols. It was heard that Trading Standards carried out 10 test purchases of areosols in the borough, all of which were sucessful sales with any individual being asked for any form of identification. Members agreed that awareness of the danger of areosols needed to be raised. The Trading Standards Officer informed the Association that shops assistants had the right to refuse the sale of areosols with good reason or limit the ammount in which an individual could have been able to purchase. Members said that areosols should have been a prompt in shops at self service till points similarly to the action which should have been taken with paracetamol and other forms of pain killers.

The Enforcement Officer from Trading Standards highlighted that the sale of Cigarettes and Alcohol in the borough was in compliance with the law and this was something which had a high level of awareness.

Members expressed their concerns that there were no laws in place when buying razor blades, it was highlighted that razor blades could have been used as weapons.

The Association were presented with novelty hats which had been removed from a shop in Stockton Borough due to being recognised as a hazard because of the way in which they fastended.

Members heard that there had been a safety complaint about Phillips Epilator's after the damage/blistering to a users skin after use of the epelator.

It was highlighted that the campaign 'Are You Being Served'(AYBS) was usually held once every two years in the past as part of Stockton Borough Council's consultation. Members asked that if the AYBS campaign was no longer going ahead, could there be any alternative arranged to raise awarness on the sales of alcohol.

Members discusssed the recent programme which had been aired on BBC's Countryfile, the programme was based on Chinese Lanterns which many people appeared to be setting off in Stockton on Tees and in other areas. It was highlighted that Council Members and Members of the Public tried to get Chinese Lanterns banned of Council land however this had not been successful. It was heard that Facebook was a form of social media which Members believed encouraged people to set of lanterns in remembrance of family/friends.
SHS
55/13
Members asked if there were any plans in place to have a falls awareness day in 2014. It was heard that Falls Awareness Day was usually held in June.

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