Watch our video where Jennie Bond gives her hints and tips on how to ensure that your home is safe.
We all want our houses to be the place where we feel at our safest. However each year, hundreds of thousands of accidents happen in the home – particularly amongst older people. So, it’s vital we’re aware of potential hazards around the house and take steps to manage them.
Issues such as carbon monoxide poisoning can be fatal but many people are not aware of the warning signs, particularly older people, who may put flu-like symptoms or simply feeling drowsy down to old age.
National Grid is urging people to think about their elderly neighbours and to raise awareness of the issue of safety in the home.
Watch our video with Jennie Bond, where she gives simple hints and tips, such as checking carbon monoxide and smoke alarms are working, ensuring that boilers are serviced on an annual basis by a Gas Safe registered engineer and ensuring people know who exactly to call if they smell gas.
New research shows that nearly a quarter of older people do not have visitors any more than once a month and one in 10 people admit that they do not feel it is their responsibility to visit elderly neighbours.
Busy lives managing our own jam packed schedules and those of our family mean that we often don’t take the time to get to know our neighbours. But for many older people living alone, support and reassurance from neighbours can often be the difference between life and death.