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We offer free home safety checks for all residents with young children living within our electoral area.
The checks offer tips on all aspects of home safety, as well as specialist advice on topics like heating and energy saving.
A room-by-room inspection usually takes around 30 minutes and our advisors can:
* equipment is provided subject to the result of the home safety check and stock availability.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a home safety check. We will send you an application form which you will need to complete and return to us.
If you are over 65, you can request a free home safety check and use our repair scheme. We’ve worked with the Public Health Agency and Bryson Energy to develop this scheme, which offers reduced handy-person repair rates and a selection of free helping-hand aids and equipment (subject to stock availability).
The home safety check includes energy saving advice and information on how to stay safe while keeping warm. You may also receive a thermal clothing pack (subject to eligibility and stock availability).
The handy-person may be able to carry out tasks such as:
The reduced handy-person repair rates depend on each person’s circumstances.
|Those aged 65 and over
Home safety check only
|Those aged 65 and over in receipt of benefits
Home safety check and repairs
|Free home safety check
£5 per hour for repairs
|Those aged 65 and over and not in receipt
of benefits- Home safety check and repairs
|Free home safety check
£15 per hour for repairs
|All materials to be supplied by the occupant.
General items such as glue, nails and sandpaper will be provided free of charge
You can email email@example.com, or freephone 08001 422 865 for more information.
Whirlpool have updated advice to consumers in relation to an ongoing issue they have been addressing on potentially faulty dryers. There is a safety defect caused when excess fluff touches the heating element which has been linked to a fire in a tower block in London.
Anyone who owns an Indesit, Hotpoint, Creda, Swan or Proline dryer that was manufactured between April 2004 and September 2015 should check if their appliance has been affected and then register for a free modification if this is the case. You can do this by checking the Hotpoint website, Indesit website and Swan website or by phoning a dedicated freephone helpline on 0800 151 0905. If you believe that your tumble dryer could be affected you are advised to unplug it and not to use it until the safety modification has been made.
Make sure you:
Before you go to bed:
For more information, call 028 9266 4221 or visit www.nifrs.org (link opens in new window)
Carbon monoxide is a highly poisonous gas that has no smell, colour or taste. It can be released by any appliance that burns oil, solid fuel, wood or gas, including boilers.
When you inhale carbon monoxide it starves your body of oxygen. Low level exposure over a long period can cause permanent brain damage and in more serious cases death. Make sure you are aware of the symptoms and how to protect yourself. You should also install a carbon monoxide detector and get all appliances tested yearly.
If you think there are carbon monoxide fumes in your home or suspect that a flue or heating appliance is blocked or faulty, you should switch off the appliance and open your window. You should not sleep in the room.
We can investigate complaints regarding fumes or carbon monoxide entering your property. Call us on 028 9027 0428 for more information.
For more information about the dangers and symptoms of carbon monoxide, visit the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland website (link opens in new window).
The Public Health Agency has a blind cord safety campaign.
It takes only 18 seconds for a toddler to lose their life on a blind cord. If you have blinds fitted in your home, there are simple precautions that you can take:
For more information on blind cord safety, you can watch a short video that highlights the dangers or download the Make it Safe leaflet (link opens in new window).
To request blind cord safety devices for your home or a free home safety check call us on 028 9027 0428.
For more information and advice, get in touch.
Cecil Ward Building, 4-10 Linenhall Street, Belfast BT2 8BP