Safety in your home
EastendHomes encourage our tenants to take safety in their home seriously. Every year over 5,000 people in the UK die as a result of accidents in their home and 2.7 million people have to visit Accident & Emergency at a local hospital.
RoSPA (the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) provide a detailed site giving advice on how you can stay safe in your home, full of tips, tricks and suggestions.
Although fortunately rare, fire is a major threat to your home and it is important that both you and EastendHomes take every action to minimise the risk of fires occurring.
EastendHomes carries out regular assessments of all our blocks to check on fire safety and prevention measures. This will include requesting our residents to alter their behaviour if they actions are contributing to the risk of a fire breaking out, such as leaving large or flammable items in communal areas. We take such actions in the interest of the safety of all our residents.
You should ensure that all of your household understand what to do in the case of a fire breaking out in your home or your block. Unless the fire is in your home, the advice of EastendHomes and the Fire Brigade is normally to 'stay put'. See our Fire Safety leaflet [pdf 807KB] for more information.
- make sure only a Gas Safe registered engineer works on your gas appliances. Illegal gas fitters can put your life at risk
- always check the engineer's Gas Safe Register ID card
- make sure gas appliances have a regular service and a gas safety check every 12 months
- look out for warning signs that your gas appliances aren’t working correctly e.g. lazy yellow or orange flames instead of crisp blue ones, black marks on or around the appliance and too much condensation in the room
- know the signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning – headaches, dizziness, breathlessness, nausea, collapse and loss of consciousness
- install an audible carbon monoxide alarm
- if you smell gas call the gas emergency number on 0800 111 999
For gas safety advice or to find and check an engineer visit the Gas Safe Register website at www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk. Alternatively call the free helpline on 0800 408 5500.
Leaseholders who are letting out their property should note that it is a legal requirement to have any gas appliances checked at least once every 12 months. EastendHomes' contractors offer a competitive rate for gas servicing cover. Visit the useful information page of our leaseholders section for more details.
See our Gas Safety leaflet [pdf] 7MB for more information on this topic.