Trading Standards officers in Wolverhampton will be out and about throughout Child Safety Week (5-11 June, 2017) to warn parents and carers about some of the hidden dangers lurking in the home.
Members of the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Trading Standards team will be at various locations in Wolverhampton from Monday to Friday, sharing information and top tips on all aspects of child safety and handing out action packs to parents and carers.
Children will be able to get their hands on their own activity packs, as well as meeting Trading Standards Ted and taking away a sticker, fridge magnet and balloon to remember him by.
Among the issues the team will be highlighting are the risks posed by looped blind and window cords, which can lead to strangulation, and the danger presented by button cell batteries found in toys, musical books, key fobs and other small electronic devices which, if swallowed, can get stuck in the throat or cause severe burns and even death.
They will also identify other products found in the home which pose a risk to young children, and highlight some of the simple steps parents and carers should take to keep family members safe.
The Trading Standards team will be at Wolverhampton's Central Library on Monday 5 June, Waitrose on Penn Road on Tuesday 6 June, Wolverhampton Swimming and Fitness Centre, Wednesfield, on Wednesday 7 June and at the Crafty Kids Café, Springhill Lane, Penn on Thursday and Friday 8 and 9 June. They will be at each location from 9.30am, and will also be calling into WV Active Bilston-Bert Williams on Wednesday 14 June.
Run by the Child Accident Prevention Trust, Child Safety Week takes place from Monday 5 June to Sunday 11 June and seeks to raise awareness of the risks of child accidents and how they can be prevented.
The theme of this year's campaign is Safe Children: Sharing is Caring, with the Child Accident Prevention Trust asking families, communities and professionals to share their experience and knowledge of keeping children safe – not just about the horrors of accidents, but also the practical, simple things they do to prevent them.
The 2017 Child Safety Week Action Pack is full of information for parents and can be downloaded at www.childsafetyweek.org.uk.