Wealden District Council

Fun day spotlights home safety

Media Release : 01 February 2017

Safety in the home will come under the spotlight this half-term at Wealden’s Fun and Safety Day in Hailsham on Thursday 16 February.

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“We sometimes forget how items in the home which are safe for adults, can be a hazard for little children. At this year’s event, we will be raising awareness of the potential for injury to young children from window blind cords and other hazards in the home, and will be giving away a limited number of free home safety items including cleats for window blinds,” said Councillor Claire Dowling, Cabinet member for Public Health and Community Safety.

“Our Fun and Safety days in Hailsham are always popular. As well as learning about keeping safe in different situations, our younger residents will also have a thoroughly enjoyable day.”
 “I’d like to thank all our partners in making these wonderful events possible and really encourage everyone possible to attend.”

Among the attractions at this year’s free event are children’s entertainers, a fire engine, arts and crafts and a magician.  The children learn about personal safety, the prevention of home accidents, fire prevention, food safety and community safety.
Fun and Safety takes place at the Hailsham East Community Centre in Vega Close, BN27 2JZ  from 10am to 1pm on 16 February.

There has been national concern recently about the safety to young children posed by the cords used for raising and lower window blinds.  They can prove a hazard when excess cord is hanging down within the grasp of tiny hands. The solution is simple – a cleat on which to wind any excess cord to keep it safely out of reach.

Children of all ages are welcome at Wealden’s Fun and Safety day but children under 10 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
The event is a partnership project between Wealden District Council, the Children's Centre, Freedom Leisure, East Sussex County Council, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, Booker and Best, Active Play, and Sussex Police. Funding for the event has been awarded by the Safer Wealden Partnership.
Fruit is kindly being donated by Waitrose to keep the children going!