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CHAIN REACTION.

Byline: By MOIRA SHARKEY South Wales Echo

Children are helping their grandparents stay safe in their homes. The primary school pupils have designed stickers and posters to remind pensioners to put the safety chain on before opening their doors.

The 10-year-olds from St Patrick's RC Primary School, in Lucknow Street, Grangetown, Cardiff, came up with the idea for the community project as part of the High Sheriff Youth Awards, which promote community spirit.

Each pupil created their own design before the top two designs were picked and sent to the printers to be produced.

The winning poster, which was designed by Rebecca Herring, has a safety chain with the message: 'Do you know who is knocking the door? Put your safety chain on or else.' The sticker created by classmate Michael Harrington states: 'Put the safety chain on because some people are not nice.'

Michael's grandmother Audrey Prew, 77, of Mardy Street, Grangetown, said: 'The stickers and the poster are a great way to remind you to put the chain on before you answer the door.'

Mrs Prew added: 'I have had a chain on the door for many years but sometimes, especially during the day, you forget to put it on before you open the door. In future I won't forget.'

Headteacher Paul Catris said: 'The pupils and their teacher Debbie Swain worked hard on this community project. As well as learning new skills, the pupils were also very enthusiastic about taking part in such a worthwhile project.'

Joan Gallagher, secretary of Grangetown Community Concern, which is distributing the posters and stickers, said: 'I think this is a wonderful idea and a great reminder to everyone to think more carefully about staying safe at home.': TOP TIPS:Always put the chain on before opening your front door; Don't leave ground- floor doors and windows open, even if you are at home; If you open upstairs windows secure them with 'sash-jammers' - available from DIY stores - which stop somebody opening the window wider in order to gain entry;

Keep a light on at night when you are out;

Keep keys and valuables secure and out of sight;

Make sure garages and sheds are locked as burglars may use your own tools to break into your house;

Always ask for ID if someone calls unexpectedly. If in doubt, keep them out; Get your home risk-assessed by the local crime prevention officer; For more advice, call Help the Aged on 029 2034 6550.
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