Event to put safety first 


Bolton residents can get handy tips and guidance on how to keep their children safe at an event on Victoria Square this Friday (August 20).

Making Time for Safety follows the success of June’s Child Safety Week, organised by the Bolton Safeguarding Children Board. The board is now supporting the day long series of activities to help families in Bolton find out more about how to prevent serious accidents.

On the day, services from across Bolton – including the police, childrens centres, fire services and road safety – will be giving out helpful advice and free home safety equipment.

There will also be a prize draw, with a gift from Debenhams in Bolton to the value of £50 for the winner. To enter residents need to get stamps on a ‘passport’ from the stalls at the event.

Community radio station Bolton FM will be on the square, with performances from a range of singers and dancers, and Bolton Wanderers’ mascot Lofty the Lion will be there from 11am-1pm. There will also be a climbing wall for the more adventurous.

The event looks to highlight the fact that although serious injuries take months or years to heal, many accidents can be prevented by taking a moment to move a hot drink, check a smoke alarm, lock the medicine cabinet, switch off the dryer or take your foot off the accelerator.

Just one minute can stop a child being poisoned by detergent capsules, two minutes can stop a child being badly burnt by hair straighteners, three minutes can stop a child dying in a house fire, while 30 minutes can prevent anything from falls from windows to a serious road accident.

Mike Tarver, chair of Bolton Safeguarding Children Board said: “This event is a great way to learn about preventing serious accidents while also having fun. We are offering really practical information and solutions that can take just a moment to put into practice.”

Councillor Madeline Murray, Executive Member for safeguarding and Looked After Children said “Just a little time can make a big difference to children’s safety, so I would urge as many people as possible to get down to Victoria Square on Friday to get some hints and tips from the experts.”

Bolton Safeguarding Children Board is made up of representatives from: Bolton Council; NHS Bolton; Greater Manchester Police; Greater Manchester Probation; Royal Bolton Hospital; schools; Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service; and the faith and community sector.

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