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Home Accident Prevention

Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Home Safety Service focusses on home accident prevention for those Over 65, those who are vulnerable and families with children Under 5.

As part of our Service and in order to reduce accidents in the home, our Home Safety Officers undertake a home visits which last approximately 1 hour to provide practical advice and information and were possible equipment.  The visit will consider all areas of the home. 

Under 5 Visit

Some of the areas covered in an Under 5 visit include Fire Safety, Carbon Monoxide, Blind Cord Safety, Poisoning, Burns and Scalds and Choking.

Only families with children Under 5 who meet the eligibility criteria can avail of free equipment and the Home Safety Officer undertaking the visit will determine the equipment that is appropriate to provide at the time of the visit.

The eligibility criteria for families with children Under 5 includes receipt of benefits such as:

  • Income Support
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Disability Living Allowance/Personal Independence Payment
  • Job Seekers Allowance
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Housing Benefit
  • Free School Meals
  • Universal Credit.

 

Subject to availability the range of equipment we can provide to eligible families includes:

  • Cupboard Locks
  • TV and Furniture Straps
  • Carbon Monoxide Alarm
  • Table Edgeguard
  • Door Jammer
  • Blind Cord Safety Devices
  • Fireguard or Stairgate

​ 🏠​ Parent Home Safety Information

​🏠​ Burns and Scalds

 🏠 Blind Cord Safety

 🏠  Choking

 

Over 65 or Vulnerable Person's Visit

Some of the areas covered in an Over 65 or Vulnerable Person's visit include Falls Prevention, Fire Safety, Carbon Monoxide, Blind Cord Safety, Poisoning, Burns and Scalds and Choking.

All those receiving a visit can avail of free equipment and the Home Safety Officer undertaking the visit will determine the equipment that is appropriate to provide at the time of the visit.

Subject to availability the range of equipment we can provide includes:

  • Touch Lamp
  • Low Energy Light Bulb
  • Carbon Monoxide Alarm
  • Long Arm Grabber
  • Shoe Horn
  • Sock/Stocking Aid
  • Plug Removal Aid
  • Magnifier
  • Bottle Opener

 🏠​ Older Person's General Home Safety Information

🔖 Keeping Well at Home

 🔖 Falls are Preventable

 🔖​ Falls Checklist

 🔖​ The Up and About Plan

 🔖 Keeping Mobile and Preventing Falls

 🔖 Strength and Balance Exercises 

 

Child Safety Week 2022

Child Safety Week is an annual community education campaign run by the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT), acting as a catalyst for thousands of safety conversations and activities UK-wide.

Helping families stop serious accidents lies at the heart of Child Safety Week. Being clear what the risks are at each stage of their child’s development and knowing what simple changes to make means parents can feel confident to take charge.

That’s why the theme for Child Safety Week 2022 is ‘Safety in mind’. We want to make sure busy families have the ‘Safety in mind’ that really matters, especially when under pressure. Find out more here.

 

Contact Details

Anyone who would like a Home Safety visit or further information in relation to the Home Safety Service can contact the Home Safety Team

T:  028 71253253 

E: [email protected] 

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