Home safety

This section looks at how to keep your home safe. It covers fire, gas and electricity safety, and includes advice on preventing accidents and what to do in an emergency. It also looks at crime prevention and how to keep your home secure.

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  • Fire safety

    What you can do to minimise the risk of fire in your home. It looks at your landlord's responsibilities for providing safety equipment such as smoke alarms and what you can do if you think

  • Gas safety

    How you can improve gas safety in your home and minimise risks of carbon monoxide poisoning. Check your landlord's responsibilities and what you can do if they aren't doing what they should.

  • Electrical safety

    Ways you can reduce the risk of electrical shocks and fires in your home. Also includes your responsibilities if you're a home owner or a tenant, and explains what your landlord has to do.

  • Crime and security

    This page contains information on keeping your home secure and explains what to do if your accommodation is broken into.

  • Asbestos in the home

    This page gives offers you help and advice if you have asbestos in the home.

  • Radon gas

    See how you can test radon levels in your home and what you can do to reduce them. Radon is a naturally occurring, radioactive gas, however, if it exceeds a certain level, it can be

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