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Keep secure over the winter

Keep secure over the winter: Top tips from Help the Aged Handyvan 

Icy pavements, reduced visibility make winter hazardous for older people.

For the past 5 years, the HandyVan service, a project from Help the Aged, has been running in Charnwood and North West Leicester, helping older people protect themselves and their homes in the colder weather.



The scheme is free and aims to help vulnerable local older people who can call on the services of Alan Blakeman, a trained HandyVan fitter with a fully equipped van to install safety and security products in their homes. 

Now, Alan offers a range of home security tips to laterlife. Pass them on to any elderly relative, and use them yourself too : 

          Don’t forget to lock both back and front door when you are going out, even if it is just for a few minutes. Don’t be tempted to leave your door ajar while you pop to the shops. Check your windows are all closed, including those in upstairs rooms.

          Consider putting a padlock on your back gate, particularly if it is in a secluded area or if it backs onto an alleyway or lane.

          Be careful when answering the door to an unexpected visitor, particularly after dark. Always stop to put the door chain on and check for proof of identification. Do not let anyone in the house until you are completely satisfied that their reason for calling is valid. Tell any helper or cleaner to do the same.

          If you are going to be returning to your home after dark, leave the outside light on so that you can find your keys and unlock the door quickly when you get back.  Leave an inside lamp on a plug-in timer programmed to switch itself on when it gets dark. 

          Make sure you have a smoke alarm fitted, and that it is in good working order. This is particularly important if you are going to have open fires or burn candles.

        Ensure that you have suitable locks and security measures in your home. 

 If you want to know more about the HandyVan scheme call 01255 473 999.

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