Living in Your Pure Home
Saftey at Home
If you’re one of the first to move into a home on a new development it is likely that construction work will be ongoing until the development is complete. Please read the following information carefully to help us keep you an your family safe during this time:
- Be aware of heavy plant machinery and lorries moving around and making de-liveries
- Always abide to any speed restrictions in the area
- Take special care when walking through a development, keep to designated public footpaths
- If you have children, please ensure they do not attempt to enter the construc-tion area and that they are aware of the dangers on a building site.
- Building work can create dirt, dust, mud and noise – however we will do our best to deep our development clean, tidy and free of obstructions.
- Please ensure that you follow our Health and Safety guidelines at all times.
If you have concerns regarding Health & Safety on your development, please email details to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01745 583556
Check your home for possible sources of fire and heat, such as living rooms with gas fires and kitchens with gas hobs, and plan escape routes in the event of a fire.
- Protect any heat source where possible and don’t place any flammable mate-rials such as paper or clothes close by
- Have a fire blanket or general purpose fire extinguisher available and ensure you know how they work.
- Your new home is fitted with mains-wired smoke detectors, with battery back-up. If there’s a power failure, the detectors will emit a high-pitched sound, the same if the back-up batteries need replacing.
- Replace batteries annually and ensure you turn off the power supply before doing so. Some detectors also need cleaning and testing regularly to prevent dust build up.
Only use appliances which are BEAB approved or CE marked
- Never work on live electrical appliances, always turn off and disconnect them from the mains.
- Use the services and appliances in our home for their intended purpose only.
- Do not overload an electricity outlet socket. The general rule is one socket one plug. If using extension leads, place them where they will not be dam-aged or a trip hazard.
Use hand-held powered appliances and lawn-mowers in conjunction with Residual Current Devices (RCDs).
Working on Your Home Safely
High numbers of accidents occur in the home each year, so if you are carrying out repairs or doing maintenance work yourself, we recommend that you:
- Plan the job thoroughly, taking into consideration what you are doing to do and how you are going to do it. Ensure you have the right tools and check they are in good condition
- Never drill holes in walls in direct line with sockets, switches or radiators. Power cables are most likely to be horizontally or vertically positioned from the power sockets and light switches.
- Gas & Water services may be embedded in the floor so beware of disrupting these.
- If the job is to be carried our above ground or floor level, use a secured ladder or step ladder. If working on an extended ladder don’t work alone and try to use a secondary protection such as a harness.
- Have a well equipped first aid kit at home
- Be sure to wear personal protective equipment if the material you are work-ing with have risks associated with them. Beware of eye and limb injuries and fume or fibre inhalation.
- Check all tools and material you are going to use and read the appropriate health and safety instructions.
This is a guide to safety in the home – full detail and further practical help can be
found in your NHBC ‘Guide to Your New Home’ booklet.