Stockton Home Safety Association Minutes

Date:
Tuesday, 27th October, 2020
Time:
14:00
Place:
Remote Meeting via Microsoft Teams
 
Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

Attendance Details

Present:
Cllr Mrs Ann McCoy(Chairman), Cllr Ted Strike
Officers:
Tanja Braun (Public Health), Andrea Gledhill (Trading Standards), Allison Lilliendahl (Children Services), Sarah Whaley(Governance Officer)
In Attendance:
Darren Lane (Cleveland Fire Authority)
Apologies for absence:
Cllr Mohammed Javed,
Item Description Decision
Public
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1/20
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
 
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2/20
MEETING NOTE FROM AN INFORMAL MEETING OF THE STOCKTON HOME SAFETY ASSOCIATION HELD ON 18TH FEBRUARY 2020
RESOLVED that;

The meeting note from the informal meeting of the Stockton Home Safety Association held on 18th February 2020 be noted
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3/20
PUBLIC HEALTH VERBAL UPDATE IN TERMS OF COVID19
AGREED that the information be noted.
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4/20
REPORT OF HOME SAFETY OFFICER - CHILDREN'S SERVICES
AGREED that the information be noted.
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5/20
REPORT OF TRADING STANDARDS OFFICER
AGREED that the information be noted.
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6/20
REPORT OF FIRE OFFICER
AGREED that the information be noted.
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7/20
REPORT OF ONE CALL OFFICER
 
SHA
8/20
FUTURE CAMPAIGN TOPICS
 
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9/20
ANY OTHER BUSINESS
 

Preamble

ItemPreamble
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1/20
There were no declarations of interest.
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2/20
Consideration was given to the notes from the informal meeting held on 18th February 2020.
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3/20
Dr Tanja Braun from Public Health addressed the Association and gave a brief overview of the current situation in terms of COVID-19 in Stockton.

Stockton had been lagging behind in terms of the number of COVID-9 infections, however had now seen a great increase in cases.

The Lockdown introduced in March had been hugely effective, however now the Government had introduced the 3 Tier system.

The current dashboard dated 21st October 2020, indicated that 327 per 100000 population had contracted the virus in Stockton within the last 7 days. This figure would have put Stockton in the higher tier of 3 a few weeks ago instead of the current tier 2.

Everyone was working closely with test and trace and Public Heath England. Public Health were supporting local business, schools, care homes, childrens homes and individuals and were dealing with approximately 40 enquiries a day.

Most businesses, schools and care homes etc were making huge efforts to ensure staff, clients and customers were COVID safe, however when people were socialising outside of work was when peoples guard was let down and the two meter rule may not be adhered to.
Household transmission was the most crucial, staff breaks and staff rooms were also where transmission happened, and also during school break and lunch times as it was difficult to keep children self-isolating which had resulted in a lot of children being sent home.

It was imperative the basic rules were followed. Two meters must be adhered to, along with the national message 'hands, face space' and for people to continue to isolate when necessary.

The Chair raised questions in relation to whether there would be any extra messages for the Christmas period as it was felt that people were feeling tired of lockdown.

Dr Tanja Braun explained that at this moment it was not known what the national message and restrictions would be. However, whatever the restrictions may be, suggestions would be made as to how people could enjoy Christmas without violating those restrictions. Everyone needed to work together and contribute and only a national concerted effort would ease the COVID-19 Pandemic situation.
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4/20
Members were given a brief overview by the Home Safety Officer from Children’s Services.

The main topics discussed were as follows:

Since the last meeting Children's Services had seen a lot of changes due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

During and after lockdown the service were helping with the provision of free school meals, there was a telephone service offering advice and support being offered to families that needed it. As lockdown eased the service were able to resume a COVID secure drop in service, and since September home safety sessions for parents had resumed which covered topics such as; prevention of accidents in the home, safety measures to help this and basic first aid.

Home visits were still not being undertaken, all contact was telephone based or via the family hub while observing social distancing.

There had been lots of safety advice via social media, such as Facebook, highlighting the dangers of children's fancy dress costumes and how easy and quickly some costumes could set on fire as well as firework safety advice. Posters were also given to families highlighting the dangers of fireworks which were contained within the family bags which were available for parents.

The Chairman requested that the press reinforce the message to not go trick or treating during Halloween from the Stockton Home Safety Association as it had been reported on the local news that taking sweets from communal sweet bowls could increase the spread of COVID-19.

Councillor Ted Strike highlighted that there had been local promotion of pumpkin trails in Ingleby Barwick rather than handing out sweets.

Questions were raised as to whether there had been an increase of injuries to children within the home during lockdown. The Home Safety Officer explained that those figures were not currently available.
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5/20
Members were given a brief overview by the Trading Standards Enforcement Officer.

The main topics discussed were as follows:

Since the COVID-19 Pandemic lockdown, the Trading Standards Service had started to reintroduce site visits, providing advice to local businesses in terms of PPE equipment. Officers were also ensuring that unsafe PPE equipment was not on the market.

Trading Standards were supporting Public Health and Environmental Health, particularly where positive tests had been recorded. Officer’s would visit those establishments to make sure they were COVID secure and the correct safety rules were being followed.

The Trading Standards Enforcement Officer highlighted a recent issue with a brand of a Childs dummy which had broken apart. There had been no injury sustained, however the manufacturer had been contacted which had led to changes in terms of the manufacturing and compliance checks of the dummies.

The Childrens Services Home Safety Officer added that there had also been a recall on an Argos product brand known as CUGGL. Details of the recall had been posted on Facebook.

Trading Standards had recently discovered a large number of counterfeit cigarettes in a Thornaby shop which subsequently received a closure order for the premise.
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6/20
Fire Officer, Darren Lane from Cleveland Fire Authority attended the meeting and provided the Association with some of the work the Fire Authority were currently involved in.

The main topics discussed were as follows;

The Winter Warm campaign had commenced for its twelfth year running. The initiative helped families struggling with heating issues, and provided them with heaters, blankets, hot water bottles etc.

The up and coming period of bonfire night was a period of high demand for the Fire Authority. There was an expectation that due to public firework displays being cancelled the Fire Service would see an increase in garden bonfires and firework displays. The Fire Authority had been leaflet dropping to encourage people to follow safety advice and to also purchase fireworks from reputable dealers.

The Trading Standards Enforcement Officer informed the Association that they also promoted the purchase of fireworks from reputable places, and had shared intelligence with the Police Authority, where people were selling illegal fireworks on Facebook. There were also issues highlighted around storing fireworks in inappropriate places such as their own homes. Those people found selling fireworks illegally would be issued with warnings.

The Service were working with local authorities, using 'fix my street' to report any issues relating to people starting fires. The information would then be shared with the Fire Authority. The Fire Authority were also working with and sharing information with PCSO's to stop unwanted incidents in hotspot areas.

All Fire crews had PPE equipment and where necessary were able to make home visits to fit smoke alarms as well as offering advice on firework and firework safety.

The Fire Service had seen a decrease in deliberate fires, however this would still need close monitoring. The removal of fuel was key.
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7/20
There was no One Call Officer in attendance at the meeting and therefore no reports offered.
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8/20
Members of the Association agreed to defer Future Campaign Topics until 2021 due to the current situation with COVID-19 and lockdown.
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9/20
There was no other business to consider.

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