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Home safety is a free service that offers advice, home safety and security checks, and small maintenance works to make your home safer to live in.

Home safety

Home safety is available for all, whether you are a council tenant, private tenant or homeowner.

Children under five-years-old

We can visit your home and check it for child safety hazards, as well as provide advice and safety equipment such as:

  • Cupboard and fridge locks
  • Non-slip bath mats
  • Corner cushions for furniture
  • Door stoppers to prevent children trapping their hands
  • Door and window locks
  • For a small charge we can also supply and fit safety gates and fireguards

Safety equipment is not a substitute for parental supervision – children must be kept away from dangerous objects and situations.

People over 60 or physically disabled

We can check the safety and security of your home, offer advice and do repairs to make your home safer, including:

  • Fixing a loose carpet
  • Fitting door bolts, chains and extra locks to make your home more secure
  • Testing smoke alarms
  • Draught proofing
  • For a small charge we can also supply and fit grab-rails, smoke and co2 detectors and key safes

Visits are free of charge. There may be equipment charges depending on the job.

Draught-proof your home

The Home safety team also offers draught-proofing free of charge for homes in Portsmouth where someone is over 60, under 5 or has a disability – it doesn’t matter whether the house is owned or rented. Draught-proofing is one of the most efficient ways to save energy and money – we can supply and fit draught-proofing materials for doors, windows and letterboxes.

Key safes

The Home safety team can also supply and install Key Safes for a charge of £30.

To arrange a free Home safety visit please email the team at homecheck@portsmouthcc.gov.uk, or call 023 9283 4460.