Dewsbury gets blue light treatment to help them stay safe

Visitor’s to Dewsbury got the low down on staying safe this winter from local emergency services.

The event was organised by the Safer Kirklees Partnership and took place outside Dewsbury Town Hall on Wednesday 14 December 2016.

The aim of the event was to provide information and advice about the work local emergency services do and share tips on crime prevention and staying safe and healthy this winter.

The council worked in partnership with their Public Health department, West Yorkshire Police and West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service.

Shoppers visited stalls where they spoke to professionals about Crime prevention, Fire prevention, the NHS winter campaign and found out about latest police recruitment drive.

In excess of 200 people visited the stall to engage with services.

Cllr Masood Ahmed said: “Partnership events like this help ensure local people can get all the information they need to keep safe and healthy.

The emergency services provide essential and emergency support at the times when we are most vulnerable and this is something we are all grateful for.

But we know that by taking a few simple steps like being prepared for bad weather, keeping valuables out of site and installing smoke detectors and other safety devices people can reduce the chance of having to make a 999 call.”

Inspector Jenny Thompson of the Dewsbury and Mirfield Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “As the festive season is now upon us, we want people to have fun but above all, we want them all to be safe. It is around this time of year that people can sometimes offer thieves opportunities to steal from them. Things like leaving Christmas presents on display on the seats of cars while you continue your Christmas shopping can tempt opportunistic criminals to try and take a loved one’s gifts for themselves.

Homes can be vulnerable when people are out and about at this time of the year; presents can often be left on display near to windows and doors. I am asking people to make sure doors and windows are locked, that alarms and lights are left on, or timers activated when you are not at home and that presents are not left in places where thieves could easily see them and be tempted to steal them.

By working in partnership with other key organisations, we aim to reduce instances of anti-social behaviour committed by the minority and thereby increase reassurance and the quality of life for our communities.”

Mo Ali, District Prevention Manager for West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “It’s great to be working in partnership with the other emergency services and the council to improve the safety and well-being of the general public during the lead up to and the festive period itself.

Christmas is a time for festive celebrations with family and friends, but fairy lights, candles and decorations means it is also a time to take extra care to keep our loved ones safe from fire. To ensure you have the merriest of Christmases, keep fire safety at the top of your list! Ensure you place candles in suitable holders and away from curtains and never leave cooking unattended. It’s also vital that your home has working smoke alarms so that everyone will be alerted in the event of fire.”

“Keep safe and enjoy the Christmas.”

More information on staying safe can be found on the services webpages:

It’s a cracker – fire service countdown to Christmas

West Yorkshire Police Christmas countdown

Stay well and warm this winter

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