FOR INFO: Play areas in Higham are re-opening

Playgrounds are re-opening – and here’s what parents need to know

From Saturday 4th July, childrens’ outdoor playgrounds are being allowed to re-open in many parts of the UK, after a long closure due to coronavirus. And that’s wonderful news for all of us with children who’ve been missing the slides and swings and climbing frames in our local park.

What date are children’s playgrounds opening?

  • In England, playgrounds can open from Saturday 4th July

When my local children’s playground opens, what safety precautions do I need to take?

The Register of Play Inspectors International (RPII) is particularly keen to for parents to be careful of any playground features that may have been secured to put them out of use. They recommend that you do not unravel any swing seats or cables that have been secured to put them out of use. This is something that must be done safely by the playground’s owner or operator. Higham Parish Council will ensure that all play areas are ready for use on the 4th July.

Other important safety tips include:

  • Follow the current social-distancing guidelines when you’re in the playground. and encourage your children to do the same.
  • If the playground is busy, consider coming back at a later time. Talk to your children about this possibility before you set out.
  • Wash your hands and your childrens’ hands before and after visiting the playground.
  • Take hand-sanitiser with you and consider taking a bottle of water too to clean your childrens’ hands if they get covered in mud or sand. Ensure your children are using hand-sanitiser frequently.

Thank you for your continued support.

Higham Parish Council

Higham’s Defibrillators – January 2020 Update

Back in October 2018, Higham residents were able to learn about the Defibrillator equipment that has been installed at the recreation ground in the village by Higham Parish Council.

Awareness sessions were organised to demonstrate the defibrillator in late 2018 when our first machine was installed on the recreation ground in School Lane. Residents were invited to “have a go” using the training equipment. These sessions were part of the ‘Restart a Heart’ campaign – a designated annual day of action with the aim to teach vital life-saving cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills to as many people as possible – visit the website of the Resuscitation Council (UK) for more details:

Resuscitation Council (UK)

So far, around 200 people resident in and around Higham have been shown how to use a defibrillator and the Parish Council are hoping to get involved in this campaign again in 2020. More details on the 2018 campaign can be found here:

Restart a Heart Day 2018

Update January 2020

Currently (January 2020) our defibrilator is located on the recreation ground and is accessible 24/7. A further two defibrilators have now been purchased with the help of money from Higham Parish Council and fundraising initiatives by local groups. Locations for our two new machines and installation details are still being finalised, but rest assured, they will be up and running shortly.

Keep checking our news section for announcements.

Fact File
  • When someone suffers cardiac arrest, every minute without CPR and defibrillation reduces their chance of survival by at least 7 – 10%.

  • Although Higham is a village with a large older population, defibrillators help save the lives of people of all ages; 12 -15 young people die from heart related causes each week.

  • Having equipment in easily accessible locations in local communities helps save lives.

  • There are 30,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in the UK every year. Chances of survival increase significantly with early access to CPR and defibrillation.