Make sure your
child is safe at home
MORE than 6,500 children
received treatment at A&E units at Liverpool hospitals for
accidents in their homes during the last year (2012).
Now the City Council's Healthy Homes team is holding a Roadshow; as
part of Child Safety Week; to provide advice and information about
what the most common hazards are for children in the home and how to
The Roadshow will be in Clayton Square on 28 June and 29 June 2013.
Staff, who have received training from RoSPA, will be on hand to
offer tips and help parents become more aware of potential dangers
in their home. They will be handing out leaflets on a range of
issues from what might poison children to the safety of toys.
Among the messages which will be given out
► Keep hot drinks out of young children's reach.
Use the rings at the back of the
cooker and turn pan handles out of reach.
Replace your chip pan with an
electric deep fat fryer.
Use safety gates to keep small
children out of the kitchen.
Keep all cleaning products in a
high shelf or a locked cupboard.
Keep tablets and medication out of
Teach children to sit down when
they are eating, to avoid choking.
Councillor Jane Corbett, cabinet
member for children's services, said:- "The figures show that
most accidents to children happen in their home and this week will
focus attention on what can be done to limit hazards and increase
safety. While, obviously, the most important thing is to
prevent children coming to harm, we can also reduce the burden on
hospitals and cut down the number of visits to GPs by following some
simple safety advice."
Merseyside's Only Video Gaming
Center Opens In Southport
ON Saturday 6 July we are pleased to announce
the opening of a pc and console gaming Center. Southport Frag House,
situated at 11 Hill Street, Southport is the only public gaming
Center in the Merseyside area. Run by local gamer, Mark Bates,
Southport Frag House offers video gaming to suit all ages on PC,
Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. All PC's and consoles will be connected
to the internet and all the PC's will be networked together for LAN
style gaming sessions. With PC's running the Steam Cybercafe
program, the Center will have access to over 300 games to play on
PC, with such well known titles as Counter Strike Source, Half Life
2, Team Fortress 2, Left 4 Dead plus other non Steam games such as Minecraft, Call Of Duty, Medal Of Honor and Unreal Tournament III.
On opening weekend 6 July and 7 July 2013, we will be offering gaming for just
£1.75per hour instead of the normal rate of £3.50 per hour. Why not
bring your son or daughter down, leave them at the Southport Frag
House whilst you go shopping? Southport Frag House offers fun in a
safe and secure environment.
On Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 we can offer a wide range of games,
including Gran Turismo 5, Gears Of War Series, Halo Series, Heavy
Rain, Project Gotham Racing 4, Little Big Planet, Resistance 1 and 2, MAG and more. Opening weekend only why not pop in and have a split
screen session with your friends for only £2.50per hour between the
four of you?
Birthday Parties At The Southport Frag
What about a Birthday Party with a difference? We can offer a
special event tailor made for your Birthday Party. We can
accommodate up to twenty five guests, provide the catering for your
party, balloons, birthday cake, the works in fact, just pop in and
have a chat to discuss your requirements.
Work Events and Parties
Similar to Birthday Parties, we can provide a work/corporate event.
What could be better than getting together with work colleagues and
management, killing each other on a video game like Call Of Duty,
and help building a better stronger team in the workplace. We can
arrange catering for the day or evening and make it a truly
memorable occasion for all.
Southport Frag House opens Saturday, 6 July 2013, and we would love to
see you there. We are just 2 minutes walk from Lord Street, in
between Lord Street and Hoghton Street and will be open until 8pm, 6
days a week.
UKIP slammed by
Labour Euro MP on 'irresponsible' tobacco claims
LINDA McAvan, Euro MP for
Yorkshire and the Humber has hit back at UKIP deputy leader Paul
Nuttall for his suggestion that EU regulation of Tobacco is like
regulating what time we go to bed.
Nuttall, the outspoken UKIP MEP for the North West made a number of
claims in relation to the EU's new draft tobacco laws which have
been developed in the hope of making smoking less attractive to
He told the press that attempts to make packaging less attractive
would actually increase consumption and of plans to ban menthol
cigarettes, Nuttall said:- "If people want to smoke menthol
cigarettes, let them. What will the EU do next? Regulate what time
we go to bed?"
Linda McAvan is leading on tobacco regulation for MEPs across Europe
and has called Nuttall's comments incredibly short-sighted and
Linda said;- "In my constituency alone, 13,710 children aged
between 11-15 are regular smokers and the devastating reality is
that around half of regular smokers will die from a smoking related
disease. There are 1.2 million smokers in the North West. If UKIP
want to use every opportunity to make outlandish claims about the EU
then that's their prerogative, but myself and colleagues in Europe
are not prepared to let this number of young and preventable deaths
go unchallenged. Tobacco should look like tobacco and taste
like tobacco, not like sweets. If the taste isn't pleasant to young
smokers then we would hope to see less and less young people
Jean King, Cancer Research UK's director of tobacco control, said:-
"We wholeheartedly back the move to remove flavouring from
cigarettes. Making them taste like mint, chocolate, vanilla and
cherry is designed to improve the taste of smoking and make it
easier to inhale the toxic and carcinogenic tobacco fumes,
particularly for young people just starting to smoke. Reducing the
appeal of tobacco will help to reduce the number of young people who
are drawn into this lethal addiction."
Menthol cigarettes, which have already been banned in Brazil, were
identified as a risk when scientists discovered that menthol acted
as a local anaesthetic, which reduced coughing due to inhalation of
irritating smoke, and allowed smokers to inhale more deeply (and
more frequently) increasing the risks associated with smoking.
"Given the evidence, menthol in cigarettes is not as trivial
as Mr. Nuttall is trying to suggest with his flippant comments."
The Tobacco Products Directive will be voted on by MEPs in
September, before being approved by governments later in the year.
Parking and 20mph a hot topic this
WELL the weather might not
have been fantastically hot, but the few days of good sun have
caused quite a heated debate lately in the Sefton area. Over the
last few weeks we have been running a few reports about poor parking
of visitors attending the seaside and we would love to hear from
you, our readers about this issue, whether you are one of the
motorists visiting or a local resident. We have this week confirmed
that at this point, that some of those mandatory restrictions have
been ruled out at this stage. To see our full interview with
Formby's Labour Councillor Nina Killen about this seasonal issue, do
not forget to log on next week! If you have read anything related
affecting you on Merseyside, please do email us with your views and
Remember that the local media is your voice, so please feel free to
use us to get your voice heard! To see our coverage about this
issue, that we have run over the last few weeks, please visit these