World Cup extra time could save lives

Local home safety experts are asking parents and carers of Under 5's within the Winchester District to spend at least one hour of their time during the current World Cup to think about home safety issues as part of Child Safety Week, which is taking place this week.

The Winchester Prevention of Avoidable Injury Network (PAIN) is offering a free simple Homecheck fact sheet which anyone can use to review home safety and identify any areas that need attention.

Chairman of the Group, Robert Heathcock, who is Head of Environment at Winchester City Council, said it is an ideal opportunity to support the work of the PAINLESS project which aims to reduce the number of injuries to Under 5's.

"We know that the cost of these accidents both in monetary and emotional terms is considerable and by following simple steps most accidents can be avoided.

"With the World Cup on, many people will find at least two hours to watch an important game. We are suggesting they find an additional one hour between matches or once the competition has ended to check that their home is a safe environment for younger children," he added.

Anyone wanting a fact sheet should telephone Winchester City Council on 01962 840 222. Those requesting a fact sheet will also receive free fire home safety advice from Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service who can visit, assess risks and fit free smoke detectors in any areas where they are required.

The PAINLESS Project was established two years ago to develop plans to address the number of injuries to Under 5's in the Winchester District. The Alliance includes members of Winchester City Council, Hampshire Children & Families Forum, Parentline Plus, Winchester Area Community Action, ROSPA., Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service & Meon Valley Homestart.