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Home Safety Basics

Smoke alarm

Your home should be a place where you and your family feel safe. However, there are many potential hazards within your home.

In this section we aim to give you advice and information on those hazards to make your home the safest it can possibly be. Advice is offered on everything from cooking to smoking and on how to keep people safe, whatever their age.

In addition to the advice offered in these areas, you can protect yourself and your family at night by following these precautions as part of your nightime routine:

  • Keeping doors closed

  • Switching off as many electrical appliances as possible

  • Putting out cigarettes and candles safely, and keeping matches and lighters away from children.

  • Checking gas appliances and put a spark guard in front of open fires

  • Turning off your Electric Blanket

  • Keeping your keys near to the appropriate doors and windows

  • Keeping your staircase tidy and clear

  • Taking a mobile phone to bed with you for emergency calls

For a free Home Safety Check (HSC) call 0114 253 2314, or text FREE to 87023, or e-mail:, or complete a HSC Pre-Visit Assessment form and return it to our Community Safety Department via one of the methods stated on the form.