Southern Safer Homes provides free home safety checks to those considered a higher risk of having a home accident; people aged 65 and over; families with children under the age of 5; vulnerable adults and children; those with a disability or other special needs.
On request by an individual or referral by an agency, a Home Safety Officer will visit your home to offer information and advice on how to avoid accidents, identifying hazards in the home likely to cause accidents. In certain circumstances, free safety equipment may be provided.
With your consent, other agencies can be contacted on your behalf, such as NI Fire & Rescue Service (fitting of smoke alarms), NIHE (housing issues/repairs), SHSCT Occupational Therapy Dept (falls risk), Council Community Safety (fear of crime) and Affordable Warmth Scheme (heating and insulation), etc.
If you feel you are eligible for a Home Safety visit, contact us on 0300 0300 900, asking to be put through to the Environmental Health Department in your area.
There is an extensive range of information relating to Safety in and around the Home, specifically for Older Persons and Under 5s. For information and advice on topics listed below, view the Southern Trust’s Accident Prevention Page
- Alcohol and Home Accidents
- Baby and Child Safety around Dogs & Responsible Dog Ownership
- Blind cord safety. Leaflets in a range of Languages. Video titled ‘Blind Truth’
- Button Battery Dangers – Keep out of Sight and Reach From Children
- Carbon Monoxide
- Childhood Poisoning – Liquitabs and other Dangers in the Home
- E-Cigarettes – The Safety Risks
- Electrical Safety in Your Home
- Farm Safety – Owners, Workers, Children
- Gas Safety
- Hair Straighteners – Dangers to Babies and Young Children
- Nappy Sack Safety and Risk of Suffocation
- Parent Home Safety Information Leaflet
- Reducing Fire Risk
- TV and Furniture Tip-Over Accidents
- Water Safety – Swimming Pools, Water Safety at Home
To view the Southern Trust’s link to Falls Prevention Clinics and Falls Prevention Directory click here
The Falls Directory is helpful if you want to know more about falls. It contains information to help understand why falls occur, the health conditions that are linked to falls, reducing your risk of falling and what to do if you experience a fall.