Safety At Home – Where You Live
Keeping yourself safe could involve routine checks, for example:
– Before you go to bed
– Before you go out into the community
– Before answering the door to people you do not know
Find a system that works for you for example a tick list, pictures or notes that help you to remember what to do.
Use technology that is widely available such as apps on your mobile phone or other electronic device to help you to remember what to do.
There is a range of equipment and technology that could help you with your everyday life. Please remember that you will need to talk to a health professional such as an Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist to make sure that you get the equipment that suits you best.
Do not turn off items such as fridges, freezers, clocks, alarms and medical equipment because these need a constant power supply.
Some electrical items need to be switched off before you go to bed as they could be dangerous if they overheat.
Have a tick list for light switches that need to be switched on or off.
Some lights need to be left on for safety.
Switching off any lights that are not needed will save electricity and help to prevent fire.
Make sure that all of your water taps are turned off.
If water taps are left running for a long time they could cause your sink, bath or basin to overflow which could cause a flood.
Running water taps are also a waste of water.
Have a tick list for any windows and doors that need to be locked and / or closed.
Check with your carer before you lock or bolt any doors as locking a door could stop people you know from getting in to your property to provide support.
Doors that lead to the outside of your property should be closed to stop people you do not know getting in.
Some doors, known as fire doors, need to be kept closed at all times to stop the spread of smoke or flames caused by fire.
Remember to test the batteries in your smoke alarm.
Please check with your carer before you check your smoke alarm to make sure that you can do this safely.
The local fire service provides free Home Fire Safety Visits and can provide individual advice about:
– Escape Routes
– Cooking safety
– Electrical Safety
– A night time routine
– What to do if there is a fire
For more information see Avon Fire and Rescue
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