Chief Fire Officer of Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Paul Fuller, is warning parents about the fire risk to children from fancy dress costumes. "These costumes are not covered by current children's clothing regulations," he says, "and the safety standard for them can be as little as a 'keep away from fire' label. This is not good enough and is putting children's lives at risk."
To raise awareness of the risk to children from dressing up costumes CFO Fuller has taken part in BBC TV's Watchdog with a segment of the show dedicated to the issue broadcast at 8pm on Thursday 14 May. The programme will show just how quickly some children's costumes burn if touched by a naked flame like a candle.
CFO Fuller is a trustee of the Children's Burns Trust, a charity that has become concerned by inadequate regulation of children's fancy dress clothing whose popularity has grown in recent years, partly sparked by film tie-ins with animated films and blockbuster action films.
Paul Fuller continues: "People do not realise just how quickly a princess costume will catch fire and the fire spread. The design of costumes, with flowing robes, capes or petticoats means they could easily catch fire from a candle or flame and swiftly engulf a child in flames.
Eaton Bray Tennis Club will be opening its doors to anyone wanting to try tennis for free on Sunday 17th May.
Part of the national Great British Tennis Weekend campaign, the club will be holding an open event, where anyone is welcome to come down and have a 'smashing' time!
Club coach Sara Leavy will be at the club on the day to give free advice and guidance, supported by volunteers from the club committee:
"The event is running from 2pm – 5pm and is open to everyone, players of all ages and abilities, to come down and have fun on the day. There will be mini tennis for the youngsters, a ball machine for the more ambitious and even cardio-tennis for the fitness fans – and it's all free," said Sara.
Parliamentary Constituency: South West Bedfordshire
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Appledown Rescue and Rehoming Kennels
Fun Dog Show, Sunday 10th May 2015 at Appledown
12 Classes, Tea Tent, Prize Draw, Amazing Stalls, Display by L.O.R.C., Fun Scurry, Dogs' Goodies
A great day out! Fun for all the family!
Showground opens at 11am. Classes commence 12 noon
Judge - Lynne Davies
Enter on the day - £1.50 per class
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