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Home safety

There’s nothing more important than making sure your family is safe, and whether you’re a tenant or a homeowner, there are a few simple measures you can take for your peace of mind.

Regular servicing and maintenance of solid fuel fires (wood or coal) saves lives. If they are not properly maintained they can become unsafe and could cause Carbon Monoxide to leak in to your home, which can be fatal.
If you are a council tenant, we will arrange an annual service – it is vitally important that we are able to carry out these service calls to ensure your safety. If you need to re-arrange a planned appointment, please get in touch on 01267 234567.

A downloadable guide on keeping your fire safe.

REMEMBER - if anyone smells fumes, feels unusually faint or has started to suffer with headaches, it could indicate the presence of Carbon Monoxide, which can be fatal. Leave the room immediately, open doors and windows and call for help.

Please ensure your safety by properly using and maintaining all electrical and gas appliances. Use the manufacturer’s manual to ensure you are using items correctly, and never use a faulty appliance. 

There is plenty of advice available online (try the websites of your energy providers), and for independent advice, try Electrical Safety First, which includes a handy widget to help you understand the dangers of overloading your sockets, and the Health and Safety Council.

Always ensure you use a qualified and registered tradesman to carry out any electrical and gas repairs. Please remember, all gas installers must be CORGI registered, otherwise, it is illegal and also extremely dangerous for them to work on a gas appliance. 

Asbestos is a natural mineral made up of small fibres, which was used in the past to make many building materials and consumer goods. It is still commonly found in many homes and buildings, but is completely safe if left undisturbed and in a good condition.

Typical places you may find it include:

  • Textured wall and ceiling coatings, such as Artex
  • Floor tiles and bitumen adhesive
  • Roofs to sheds and outbuildings
  • Soffit boards
  • Bitumen pads to the underside of sink and drainer units
  • Cold water tanks
  • Bath panels
  • Soil pipes
  • Boxing to soil pipes
  • Rain water goods, such as guttering and down pipes
  • Rope gaskets around the fireplace

Asbestos is a perfectly safe material providing it is not disturbed, either by removal or home improvements.

If asbestos is damaged or broken - for example, if you are removing a bath panel which contains asbestos, or if you are drilling through an Artex wall covering – then tiny asbestos fibres may be released in to the air. These fibres can be harmful if they are breathed in, which is why there are strict guidelines to ensure Asbestos Containing Materials are safely managed or disposed of.

If you are planning on carrying out any home improvements then it is important you check with us first. We can advise you on what action may be needed. In particular, you should not attempt to remove, rub down, drill or saw through any suspect material

We appreciate that you may not know how to recognise asbestos, so it is always best to check with us. You should also contact us if you have any concerns, or if you suspect damage has occurred to materials that may contain asbestos.

For advice or guidance call 0800 0851 233 or email us.

To find out more, read our Tenants’ Guide to Asbestos or our policy for managing Asbestos Containing Materials.

There’s plenty you can do to prepare your home for winter to make it warmer, more comfortable, and safe.

Summer is the best time of year to tackle outside jobs, and prepare your home for the autumn and winter seasons.
If you are looking for a handyman to carry out odd jobs and gardening work for you, take a look at our Registered Traders Scheme to ensure you are employing someone reliable.

Did you know?

  • You’re more than twice as likely to die in a fire if you don’t have a working smoke alarm
  • 18 people die each year because the battery in their smoke alarm is flat or missing
  • Over half of fires in the home are caused by cooking accidents
  • Three fires a day are started by candles
  • Every three days someone dies from a fire caused by a cigarette
  • Faulty electrics (appliances, wiring and overloaded sockets) cause many house fires across the country every year

A downloadable guide on fire safety in the home

Page updated on: 03/05/2016

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