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27.10.21 – Tyre Safety, Halloween and Bonfire Night, Pumpkins, Chief Commissioners Plan

Written by on 26 October 2021

Drivers in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent are being encouraged to check their tyres this October as part of national Tyre Safety Month.

The Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership is supporting national charity TyreSafe’s campaign to highlight the importance of checking tyres regularly.

Regular tyre safety checks reduce the risk of an incident whilst on the roads but an estimated one in five have never checked the tread on their tyres. This rises to a worrying one in three amongst young drivers. Checking and maintaining tyres also reduces the cost of motoring, as under inflated tyres will wear quicker and cause the vehicle to use more fuel.

This year’s ‘What’s stopping you?’ campaign from TyreSafe reminds drivers that their tyres are the only point of contact between their car and the road. The campaign asks drivers to ‘ACT’ and check:

For more information about tyre safety visit www.tyresafe.org

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With Halloween just around the corner, and many people celebrating with a pumpkin, you may be wondering what to do with the pumpkin when you have finished with it.  You can put it in your food recycling bin for collection, or you can put it out for the wildlife.  If you choose to do this, it will be appreciated by the birds and squirrels, but pumpkin is very dangerous for hedgehogs, so make sure that you put your pumpkin somewhere off the ground so that the hedgehogs can’t get it.  For more information contact Newcastle Hedgehog Rescue

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With Halloween and Bonfire night just around the corner, businesses in Staffordshire are being reminded about the importance of safe fireworks sales.

Staffordshire County Council’s Trading standards officers are visiting retailers to ensure that items are being stored safely and only being sold to people over 18.  Anyone selling fireworks needs to ensure the fireworks are stored safely and they need to apply for a license to do so.  Fireworks cannot be sold at a car boot sale, from a vehicle or from a private house.                                                        Anyone who has concerns about the sale of fireworks should contact the Trading Standards confidential helpline on 01785 330356.

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Staffordshire Commissioner Ben Adams is inviting everyone who lives, works or visits Staffordshire to have their say on the region’s policing and fire priorities, with the launch of a new consultation .

The consultation, which will run for four weeks, is an opportunity for people to give their feedback on the Commissioner’s proposed Police and Crime Plan, and Fire & Rescue Plan 2021-2024.  The plans set out the Commissioner’s priorities for the next three years.

You can share your views with the Commissioner, and see the plans on the Staffordshire Commissioners website.   All responses will be collated anonymously and used to inform the plans’ priorities.

(You can visit Have Your Say – Staffordshire Commissioner (staffordshire-pfcc.gov.uk) to share your views with the Commissioner, and see the full draft Police and Crime Plan, and Fire and Rescue Plan 2021-2024.)