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Emergency And Safety Tips In Supported Living Homes

T.P Properties and you...together we can make your home safe and secure.  Working with tenants we have made a list of key things that we all should do to live more safely.  Take some time to walk around your home and find out how you would get out in a fire or where the cut off points are for the gas, electricity and water.  This will help you in an emergency.  Ask your support worker or housing procurement officer if you have any questions about these things.

 

GAS

Gas can explode.  So, IF YOU SMELL GAS:

  • RING THE GAS BOARD EMERGENCY NUMBER, ask your support worker if you do not know where to find this
  • DO NOT SWITCH ON A LIGHT, use a torch instead
  • DO NOT SMOKE
  • DO NOT LIGHT A MATCH
  • DO NOT LIGHT A CANDLE OR FIRE
  • SWITCH OFF THE GAS AT THE MAINS, ask your support worker if you do not know where to find this

 

ELECTRICITY

Electricity can cause electric shocks and even death if not used properly.

ALWAYS:

  • SWITCH OFF THE SOCKET before taking a plug out of the wall
  • MAKE SURE YOUR HANDS ARE DRY when using something electrical or taking out a plug
  • TURN OFF THE SOCKET if you spill something near anything electrical
  • TURN OFF THE LIGHT SWITCH BEFORE you change any light bulb and make sure the bulb is COOL as this could burn you
  • ASK your support worker for help if you need to change a ceiling light bulb
  • GET SOMEONE TO HELP you wire a plug if you don’t know what to do
  • Get broken electrical things repaired by a professional
  • Make sure that you do not use electrical things in your bathroom
  • Turn off any electric blankets at night

 

FIRE

TO HELP STOP A FIRE:

  • ALWAYS use a fire guard
  • TURN OFF heaters at night
  • At night take PLUGS OUT OF THEIR SOCKETS
  • DO NOT OVERLOAD a socket
  • Make sure CLOTHES AND CURTAINS are not near any fire
  • DO NOT SMOKE IN BED
  • ALWAYS USE AN ASHTRAY IF YOU SMOKE and STUB OUT CIGARETTE ENDS PROPERLY
  • FIT, USE AND CHECK A SMOKE ALARM If you are worried about your smoke alarm ask your support worker

IF YOU HEAR THE FIRE ALARM OR SEE A FIRE:

  • LEAVE YOUR HOME, with your support worker you should agree where you can get out and where you would wait
  • CLOSE ANY DOORS
  • USE THE STAIRS and not any lifts
  • WALK
  • TRY AND KEEP CALM
  • DO NOT GO BACK into your home
  • RING 999 AND ASK FOR THE FIRE BRIGADE

 

WATER

Sometimes when it gets cold water pipes can burst.  Wrapping the pipes can sometimes help to protect them. 

IF YOU HAVE A FLOOD:

  • SWITCH OFF THE WATER at the mains tap or stopcock, ask your support worker if you do not know where to find this, it should look like the picture provided
  • SWITCH OFF THE ELECTRICITY at the mains switch, ask your support worker if you do not know where to find this.
  • If you can safely, catch the water in pans and buckets, and wipe up with towels

 

FALLS

TO HELP STOP YOU FROM FALLING IN YOUR HOME:

  • Be careful on rugs and wrinkled carpets
  • Take care when carrying something
  • Always use the lights when it is dark
  • Report your stairs carpet if it moves when you walk on it
  • Make sure wires are not across places that you walk
  • Be careful on wet floors
  • Clean up any spills
  • Keep the floor clear
  • Get a bath mat

 

KITCHEN SAFETY

Chip pans - T.P Properties does not allow any cooker top chip pans

Cookers:

  • Always light the gas when you turn a cooker on
  • Always switch the gas or electricity off when you have finished making your food
  • Make sure pan handles are not near the heat
  • Turn pan handles to a place that you will not knock them
  • Rings on the cooker will still stay hot for some time after cooking

 

For more safety and emergency tips check out our pages on hot water and winter.  We are always adding to this section in response to customer requirements.  So if you need advice on any aspect of your supported living home give us a call!

T.P Properties and you...together we can make your home safe and secure.
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