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Christmas Shoppers Urged to Visit Safety Shop

07/12/2010

Shoppers are being urged to visit a Newcastle Safety Shop next week to get all the information they need to ensure a safe and happy Christmas.

"Fire service personnel will be on hand to talk to members of the public about festive fire safety, driving safety and frozen water safety as part of the winter campaign."

Risk Reduction Officer, Nigel Stockton

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service will have a stand in the shop along with other partner agencies including Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, the NHS, Aspire Housing, Age UK and Trading Standards.

The safety shop will be run from a unit within the refurbished Lancaster Building on the corner of Ironmarket and Cheapside.

Risk Reduction Officer, Nigel Stockton said: "Fire service personnel will be on hand to talk to members of the public about festive fire safety, driving safety and frozen water safety as part of the winter campaign. We will also be promoting our older persons campaign 2010 which aims to raise awareness of fire safety amongst older people and those who care for them.

"As well as other activities, we will be encouraging everyone to ‘Push the Button’ on their smoke alarms on a weekly basis. In October we launched our ‘Push the Button’ video, which has now had over 20,000 hits on YouTube and on our website."

The safety shop will be open from Monday December 13th from 9am until 4.30pm and the event will run until Saturday December 18th.

Cllr. Stephen Sweeney, Cabinet member for safer and stronger communities at the borough council, added: “The council is committed to working with partners to create a safer borough.

"Residents will be able to get information from a number of services under one roof while they’re out shopping.

"Council officers will also be on hand to offer advice about anti-social behaviour, domestic violence and alcohol abuse."