Advice to keep our kids safe

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CHILDREN’S centre staff will be delivering vital information in a bid to save kids’ lives.

With more than one million children under the age of 15 having accidents in and around the home every year, workers will be giving advice to parents and families in the hope of slashing the figure.

Health, city council and fire service staff will be on hand at a series of events – held across the city as part of National Child Safety Week at shopping centres and other venues –- to warn parents and children about possible everyday hazards and give advice on how to avoid them.

Elizabeth Wilkinson, NHS South of Tyne and Wear community health services’ co-ordinator for Sunderland Children’s Centres, said: “This is the time of year when children love running around outside.

“It’s important that they are able to get out and experience the world around them, but parents and other responsible adults need to be aware of the safety issues especially around water and exposure to too much sun.”

Coun Pat Smith, portfolio holder for children and learning city, said: “We hope that people will visit our Children’s Centres or the roadshow to talk to our staff and get some valuable help and advice.”

Sunderland City Council Cabinet Secretary Mel Speding said: “While National Child Safety Week will help raise awareness of child safety issues, the safety messages apply all year round and we hope the events that we’ve organised will successfully convey those messages to as many parents and families as possible.”

The advice and information roadshow is visiting:

* Wednesday – Netto,Pennywell, 9.30-11am.

* Thursday –B&M Bargains, Southwick, 10-11.30am.

* Friday – Galleries Shopping Centre, Washington, 9.30-11am.

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