Safety in the home and messages at the Show

WIN THIS: Doug Jones of the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) with one of the signed Wellington Lions rugby jerseys, which a lucky visitor to the EPA site at the A& Show will win. Picture by Paul Rickard

Young A&P Show fans have a chance to learn important “safety in the home’’ tips tomorrow, meet some Wellington NPC rugby players — possibly players born and bred in Gisborne — and could win a rugby jersey signed by the Lions squad.

Doug Jones, the Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA) spokesman for the Safer Homes Programme, and also a Gisborne product, said he had persuaded the EPA to promote the safety and education message to youngsters via the Show.

“I had to do a lot of convincing to get them to come to the Show.

“It’s where the town meets he country,’’ he said

Gisborne is an important destination for the EPA, as the region records more than double the national average rate of hospitalisations attributed to hazardous substances.

Cleaning products cause the highest rate of hazardous-substances hospitalisations in the region, followed by LPG.

EPA has been visiting schools and community events around New Zealand, most recently the Wellington Home and Garden Show, to promote safety around hazardous substances in the home.

Hazardous substances include common chemicals like aerosols, LPG, cosmetics, face paint, household cleaners, fireworks, paint and thinners, and petrol.

Mr Jones said it was believed Gisborne ranked poorly partially because it was an agricultural area and many Maori worked outdoors and among crops.

The Wellington players coming here could include former Gisborne Boys’ High School First 15 footballers Isaia Walker-Leawere and Sheridan Rangihuna.

Mr Jones said injured All Black Dane Coles had originally been touted as a possible Gisborne visitor, but the hooker is expected to make his long-awaited return to the football field against Taranaki tonight.

The All Black and Walker-Leawere are both members of powerhouse Wellington club Poneke, where Mr Jones serves on the board.

EPA will be based in a tent in the trades area and giveaways include gloves, door locks and other safety items.

Young A&P Show fans have a chance to learn important “safety in the home’’ tips tomorrow, meet some Wellington NPC rugby players — possibly players born and bred in Gisborne — and could win a rugby jersey signed by the Lions squad.

Doug Jones, the Environmental Protection Authority’s (EPA) spokesman for the Safer Homes Programme, and also a Gisborne product, said he had persuaded the EPA to promote the safety and education message to youngsters via the Show.

“I had to do a lot of convincing to get them to come to the Show.

“It’s where the town meets he country,’’ he said

Gisborne is an important destination for the EPA, as the region records more than double the national average rate of hospitalisations attributed to hazardous substances.

Cleaning products cause the highest rate of hazardous-substances hospitalisations in the region, followed by LPG.

EPA has been visiting schools and community events around New Zealand, most recently the Wellington Home and Garden Show, to promote safety around hazardous substances in the home.

Hazardous substances include common chemicals like aerosols, LPG, cosmetics, face paint, household cleaners, fireworks, paint and thinners, and petrol.

Mr Jones said it was believed Gisborne ranked poorly partially because it was an agricultural area and many Maori worked outdoors and among crops.

The Wellington players coming here could include former Gisborne Boys’ High School First 15 footballers Isaia Walker-Leawere and Sheridan Rangihuna.

Mr Jones said injured All Black Dane Coles had originally been touted as a possible Gisborne visitor, but the hooker is expected to make his long-awaited return to the football field against Taranaki tonight.

The All Black and Walker-Leawere are both members of powerhouse Wellington club Poneke, where Mr Jones serves on the board.

EPA will be based in a tent in the trades area and giveaways include gloves, door locks and other safety items.

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