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Workshops on offer to parents in Leek and Biddulph on safety at Christmas time.

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: December 07, 2013

By Belinda Hargreaves

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PARENTS in the Staffordshire Moorlands are attending workshops about keeping their youngsters safe this Christmas.

The safety equipment scheme, HELPS, has already hosted one of the Christmas safety workshops for parents with children under five in Werrington, and will be running the same scheme to people in Biddulph tomorrow, Thursday, December 5, and in Leek next Thursday, December 12.

HELPS has teamed up with health visitors and the fire service to deliver the interactive workshops with an emphasis on the extra hazards associated with the holiday season.

The Leek workshop is fully booked, but parents are still being invited to attend the Biddulph workshop at The New Primary Care Centre in Wharf Road between 10.30am and 11.30am.

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Staffordshire County Council Cabinet Member for Health and Well-being, Robbie Marshall said: "Every year in the UK, 1,900 accidental fires in the home are started from candles. Our message is that you can still have a good time but celebrate safely. Christmas is a time to have fun but lots of extra guests, decorations, and more people smoking coupled with everyday fire risks mean that the dangers are greater.

For people who may need financial help with equipment such as stairgates or fireguards, HELPS provide equipment at reduced cost. Contact isabellasmith@smcvs.co.uk ring 01538 381356 or speak to a health visitor.

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