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Crackdown on illegal tobacco sales
Crackdown on illegal tobacco sales

Well, the weather is getting a little warmer, and so our thoughts turn to spring cleaning and tidying the home.

If we’re going to have a clear out, what else could we do to make the home a better and safer place to be?

As if by coincidence, from the March 24 to 30 it is Home Safety Week, a chance for us to remind you of all the things you can do to ensure the safety of you and your family.

I therefore thought it would be a good opportunity to give you a few pointers for consideration, little things that you can do that could save your life one day!

Fit one smoke alarm on every level of your home and ensure they are all working.

Remember to test them weekly. Nearly one fifth of deaths have occurred in homes without a working smoke alarm fitted.

Try not to use extension leads and if you do make sure they never exceed the maximum current rating for the lead. Only use one extension lead per socket and never plug one extension lead into another.

Use a multi-bar rather than a block extension adaptor as this puts less strain on the wall socket. Extension blocks tend not to have fuses fitted.

Are your electrics in good order? Frayed wires and constantly blowing light bulbs/fuses may indicate a problem that needs the attention of a qualified electrician.

Here’s a website that you may find useful, at

Try and give your oven and grill a good scrub. Many homes have been caught out by a build-up of cooking fat that will cause a fire given the right situation.

As well as Home Safety Week, another date for your diary is No Smoking Day on the 12 March. Did you know cigarettes and smoking related materials are responsible for the largest share of deaths in the home and a third of deaths in non-domestic properties.

If you’ve tried to stop smoking, but found it difficult – don’t give up trying. Visit for advice and that could just help you stop this time.