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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Take Care and Be Aware

20/10/2011

Risk Reduction Manager at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service Dave Steele, Chief Inspector Paul Trevor, Commander for Stafford Local Policing Unit, and County Councillor Robbie Marshall, Cabinet member for Public Health and Community Safety

A high profile campaign which aims to keep young people safe during the Halloween and Bonfire Night celebrations has been launched. 

"The Take Care and Be Aware campaign is a timely reminder to help keep young people safe."

Risk Reduction Manager, Dave Steele

The hard hitting initiative gives younger residents a very clear message during the festivities – ‘Take Care and Be Aware’. 

Staffordshire County Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council are joining forces with Staffordshire Police and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service to run the campaign.

The annual scheme aims to help young people stay safe and keep out of trouble while the festivities are taking place. 

County Councillor Robbie Marshall, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Community Safety, said: "Halloween and Bonfire Night are great fun and are the highlight of the year for many people, particularly the county’s younger residents. But they can also be quite frightening for people who are older or vulnerable.

"We want the festivities to be an enjoyable experience for the whole community which is why we have joined forces with the police and fire services and Stoke-on-Trent City Council to launch this high profile campaign. Take care and be aware – the message is clear."

Risk Reduction Manager at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service Dave Steele said: "While this time of year is about recognising and celebrating history, it is important to remember that fireworks, although fun to watch, can cause serious injury and damage if not used safely. 

"We would also encourage people to attend organised bonfires only. Bonfires can quite easily get out of control and the more the fire service has to attend means a greater number of appliances will be tied up and potentially unavailable for emergencies.

"The Take Care and Be Aware campaign is a timely reminder to help keep young people safe."

Staffordshire Police Superintendent Juliet Prince said: "We're working with our partners to reduce anti-social behaviour by encouraging families to enjoy themselves safely and responsibly this Halloween and Bonfire Night.

"It's important that people consider how their actions could affect others. We're particularly keen to ensure the elderly and and those who live alone are not distressed by trick or treaters.

The 'No Trick or Treat' cards are a great way for to residents to politely communicate that they don't want youngsters knocking on their door."

Councillor Gwen Hassall, Stoke-on-Trent City Council cabinet member for housing and neighbourhoods, said: “Our officers will be out to ensure that premises are selling fireworks legally, and within prescribed selling periods.

"We will be visiting all shops that are registered and licensed to store fireworks, to ensure that they are stored properly, and that age restrictions for sales are complied with. We will also be working closely with partner organisations. We want to ensure residents enjoy the festivities, and most importantly that they do so safely.”

The first part of the project – Be aware of who you scare – will see eye catching posters pinned up in youth centres, community buildings, schools and shops. 

Leaflets will be available, radio adverts will be aired and vulnerable people will be given ‘No Trick or Treat’ cards to display in their windows.  

The second part of the campaign – Operation Good Guy – is being led by Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent's Trading Standards teams and Staffordshire Fire Rescue Service. 

Trading Standards officers will be visiting licensed shops to offer advice and guidance about the sale of fireworks to children under 18 as well as working to tackle the illegal use of fireworks. 

Shops that are licensed to sell fireworks will have brightly coloured stickers or certificates in their windows saying that they are registered to sell them. 

Firefighters will be delivering a presentation to pupils to highlight how dangerous fireworks can be when in the wrong hands.  

The police will be out in force tackling anti social behaviour. A special Firework Hotline has been set up to answer any legal questions that residents have about Bonfire Night and they can also call the number if they have a query about anti social behaviour.  

The number to call is 08454 02 03 34. Alternatively, for more information visit Staffordshire County Council's website at:

http://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/beaware