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Mayor praises Council’s Home Safety Team

Mayor, Councillor Peter Johnston, meets Council's Community Health and Wellbeing Team

The Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Peter Johnston, has praised members of Council’s Community Health and Wellbeing Team for their efforts in ensuring the safety of a local woman, who was alerted to the presence of carbon monoxide in her home.

Sally Thompson was one of the first people to sign up to Mid and East Antrim Agewell Partnership's IMPACTAgewell ® Project in 2017.

This group was able to link Sally with various community organisations that were of benefit and interest to her.

One such connection was made with Mid and East Antrim Borough Council for a home safety check.

The council’s Community Health and Wellbeing Team carried out a free home safety assessment of Sally’s rental property and, among other safety measures, fitted a carbon monoxide alarm near her boiler.

The installation proved potentially lifesaving for Sally - who did not have one of the alarms fitted previously - after it detected a serious problem with her faulty boiler.

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service came immediately to Sally’s home and verified that the levels of carbon monoxide coming from the boiler were dangerous.

The Council team then helped to put steps in place for a safe boiler to be installed before Sally would go back home.

If you are aged 65 or over, a vulnerable adult or have a child under 5, Council will carry out a free safety check of your home, funded by the Public Health Agency. One of Councils advisors will make contact and undertake a quick, relaxed and informal assessment of your home. They will talk about things like carbon monoxide, burns and scalds, blind cord safety and fall risks. If safety equipment is needed, they can provide this for free, or refer you to other agencies.

Contact Council’s Community Health and Wellbeing Team to request a free home safety assessment on:

or telephone 02825 633394


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