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Home safety tips

Check out the links on the left hand side for some specific tips on how to stay safe at home, and read through the points below to make sure that you don't get hurt.

  • Avoid trips, slips and falls by ensuring halls & stairways are always well lit and free from clutter
  • Change light bulbs safely, without the risk of falling by using a stable step–stool. Avoid using old chairs to climb on.

  • Stay safe from fire by testing smoke alarms monthly and be sure all the family know how to escape in the event of a fire.

  • Avoid burns and scalds, particularly to children, by always using the cooker’s back ring or hotplate first and position panhandles so that they can’t be pulled over and by keeping hot drinks out of reach of children

  • Reduce the likelihood of household fires and carbon monoxide poisoning from faulty flues or equipment by having gas, oil or solid fuel heating appliances professionally serviced once a year

  • Reduce the risk of electrical fires and electrocution by never using appliances with cracked plugs or worn cables. Avoid overloading electric sockets with too many appliances.

  • Avoid fire risks by using guards with all fires and heaters and keep clothing, furniture and curtains away from all heat sources, including candles,

  • To minimise the risk of falls from windows, install and use restrictor catches on all upstairs windows and place furniture away from windows

  • Reduce trips, slips and falls by always quickly cleaning up spills.

  • Don’t risk electrocution by taking electrical appliances into the bathroom. Water is a good conductor of electricity so you should never touch electrical appliances with wet hands.

  • Poisoning or chemical burns can be prevented storing medicines and household chemicals out of sight and out of reach of children, preferably in a secure, high-level kitchen cupboard.