AT Home – Where You Live

Safety At Home – Where You Live

Person using a safety door chain.There are ways that you can help to keep yourself and your property safe.

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

 

Picture of someone receiving help to fill in a check listTalk to your Carer, Care Manager or Health Professional about the things that you should do to keep safe.

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.

 

 

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Use special assistive technology to support your individual needs.

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.

 

 

 

Picture of electrical socket.Have a tick list for electrical sockets that need to be switched on or off.

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.

Picture of a light switch in the off position.
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.

 

Picture of a dripping tap.
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.

 

Picture of someone closing a bolt on the inside of a door.

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.

 

 

Picture of a fire door sign that says Fire Door Keep ClosedNever open a door to someone you do not know without asking for identification.

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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

Picture of a fire engine and firefighter.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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You may find the following links useful:

North Somerset Council Equipment and Living Aids