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Home safety for older people

It is important to feel safe, warm and comfortable in your home. Keeping warm over the winter months can help to prevent colds, flu and more serious health problems. There are some simple things you can do to ensure that you keep yourself safe and warm and reduce the risk of accidents, fires and other issues.

  • keep warm by setting your heating to the right temperature (minimum of 18°C or 65°F)
  • have a smoke alarm fitted and check the battery at least once a month (Further information is available on the Avon Fire and rescue website)
  • have your heating and cooking appliances checked regularly
  • have regular hot meals and drinks throughout the day and keep active to help your body stay warm
  • if you have an electric blanket, get it tested every year, replace it every ten years and check for danger signs such as frayed fabric and scorch marks
  • try to remove clutter and other trip hazards like rugs and trailing wires
  • make sure there’s enough light to see, especially if you get up at night
  • consider getting and wearing a personal alarm, particularly if you live on your own
  • keep your property secure and carry out property maintenance
  • be alert to scams and rogue traders

Further information about help available to you at home is available on the South Gloucestershire Council website or. A Home safety checker is also available to read on the Age UK website.

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