Keeping safe at home

2. General tips

  • Keep a list of emergency phone numbers in a convenient location, eg near the telephone. You could also store names and numbers of important contacts in the phone so you don’t need to dial the numbers.
  • Keep other useful information to hand, including notes of where the following things are: 
    • stopcock (valve for turning off and on the cold water)
    • gas and electricity meters
    • fuses
    • first aid box.
  • Keep a large week-to-view diary in a familiar place and write important things down in it.
  • Get household appliances checked regularly. Keep records, and store them in a safe place. Remember to:
    • use a qualified electrician for electrical appliances
    • use a Gas Safe registered engineer for gas appliances.
  • If you have an open fire, have chimneys swept once a year, or more often if you burn wood.
  • Get carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms fitted.
  • Use timers for plugs, lights and heating systems to turn things on and off automatically.
  • Help to prevent falls by making sure the house is well lit. Remove trip hazards such as rugs. Have grab rails fitted on the stairs and in the bathroom.
  • Use a personal alarm to alert people if you fall.