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Home Safety

Approximately one third of all accidents happen in the home environment

Hall and Stairs Kitchen
  • do keep stairs clear of obstructions
  • do have a fitted and working smoke alarm
  • do keep stairs well lit
  • do keep carpets in good condition
  • do fit stair gates for young children
  • do turn pot handles to the side
  • do wipe up spills immediately
  • do store household cleaners out of reach of young children
  • don't leave cables trailing over worktops
  • don't leave sharp knives lying around
Living Room Bathroom
  • do use a fireguard
  • don't put plants or flowers on the television
  • don't have mirrors above fires
  • don't leave cups where they can be knocked over
  • do put cold water into bath first
  • do use grab handles when required
  • don't leave chemicals lying around
  • don't use electrical appliances
Bedroom Carbon Monoxide
  • do check that cables aren't frayed
  • don't leave clothes lying on the floor
  • don't smoke in bed
  • don't leave electric blankets on overnight
  • do have gas appliances serviced annually
  • do make sure chimneys are swept regularly
  • don't block ventilators
Garden General
  • do cover ponds
  • do use a Residual Current Device (RCD) with electrical appliances
  • do be careful with garden chemicals
  • don't leave garden tools lying around
  • rotary clothes driers (whirlygigs) can also be hazardous when collapsed when not in use - use a cover to make sure that children are safe
  • always switch off hair straighteners after use and always use a heat resistant mat to lay hair straighteners on or IDEALLY a heat resistant bag to hold hair straighteners whilst they cool
  • blind cords can be a hazard - always make sure that "cleats" are used to keep the looped cords of blinds away from children

Visit the home safety statistics and useful links page for more information.

Contact Details

Laura McDermott
Email: laura.mcdermott@dundeecity.gov.uk
Tel: 01382 436237