This year has been unlike any other in our lifetime, and very few of us will find ourselves sorry to see the back of 2020. As we approach an altogether different Christmas from what we are used to, I think it is important to say thank you and pay tribute to all those that have made great sacrifices to keep us safe throughout the year.

 

This week Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham has pledged his support for a campaign being led by Electrical Safety First to proper regulate the online sale of electrical goods.

Due to poor regulation of online sales, it is all too easy to unknowingly buy unsafe goods online. Counterfeit, sub-standard and recalled electrical goods can all pose a serious risk and fire hazard. 

 

The shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) has been called a ‘crisis within a crisis’ by trade unions, yet the government have insisted that PPE is being delivered to frontline health workers. Over the last week the military have been assisting with the delivery of supplies but many staff across a range of care facilities have explained that it simply isn’t enough.

 

With parts of the UK preparing for a third storm in quick succession, Electrical Safety First is offering advice to those affected by flooding that looks set to continue in the coming days. While it is understandable that flood-hit residents will want to go straight back into their homes as soon as possible, the Charity is urging caution before doing so. Damaged electrics in the home can be extremely dangerous and potential risks should be taken into account when a flooded home is re-entered.

 

The heat this year in Barking and Dagenham, as well as the United Kingdom as a whole, has been almost unprecedented, with record temperatures of 38 degrees being recorded in some places. However, whilst we are all enjoying this uncharacteristic British Summer, we must equally be aware of the severe dangers to public safety that this heat brings with it. As of July 27th, firefighters had dealt with 43 grass fires, more than six times the amount that they dealt with in the whole of 2017.

Rainham resident Fay Hough has launched a campaign for safer streets in the heart of Rainham. With the support of Jon Cruddas MP, Fay is asking the London Borough of Havering to consider introducing safety measures on Upminster Road South. As a local resident Fay has noticed an increase in speeding and reckless driving near schools and throughout the village, something that a recent survey from Jon Cruddas MP also found. Speaking to other residents there are growing concerns regarding the dangerous driving and growing number of Mopeds in Rainham Village.

Yesterday evening a man in his twenties was killed in a traffic accident near the Eastbrook pub, Dagenham. There have been a number of accidents relating to vehicles on this particular stretch of road over the years, which spans from the Eastbrook pub to just past Eastbrook Comprehensive School. Back at the end of 2015 former council leader and local resident Charlie Fairbrass MBE was knocked down and hospitalised by a vehicle.

Dog Awareness Week

Dog Awareness Week runs between 15th-19th July this year and aims at highlighting the dangers of vicious dog attacks across the country. This year the Communication Workers Union and the Royal Mail will be working together alongside dog owners to ensure that animals are kept under control when postmen/women call to deliver mail.

On Friday 22.03.2013 Jon Cruddas MP met with local residents and Havering Council’s Head of Street care to hand over a petition raised by local parents. The petition was a response to a road accident involving a child and calls for proper crossing facilities.