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Festive fire safety at St Stephen’s

1 December 2014

A five-day festive safety event began this morning at St Stephen’s Shopping Centre in Hull. Community safety advocates from Hull CPU were on hand to give important safety advice to the public as Humberside Fire and Rescue Service took the helm on day one!

Festive fire safety at St Stephen’s

The event runs from Monday 1 – Friday 5 December, and will kick-start the work of partner agencies from the Hull Community Safety Partnership to increase overall public awareness of keeping safe throughout the Christmas period.

Each day at the event will focus will on a different aspect of safety, with advice being given on home fire safety, shopping safely, home security, drink driving awareness and personal safety.

Activities will be held in a gazebo illustrated with graphics to replicate a home, a shop and a pub. It is hoped that the graphics, along with props used will highlight areas for discussion with the public and will prompt them to consider their own situations whether that be their homes, when they are shopping or when they are socialising.

Representatives from Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, 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 gazebo will be set up inside the Colonial Street (Tesco) entrance to St Stephens and be opened 10am – 4pm daily.

Schedule:

• Monday 1 Dec – Humberside Fire and Rescue Service
• Tuesday 2 Dec – Hull City Council Trading Standards
• Wednesday 3 Dec – Humberside Police
• Thursday 4 Dec – Hull City Council Substance misuse team
• Friday 5 Dec – Humberside Police