Keep yourself safe during summer
Here are a couple of things to help you keep safe around the home during summer...
Keep yourself safe at home
- Keep your doors and windows secure and close your curtains at night.
- If you live alone, don’t advertise the fact.
- Use a chain on the door – don’t open the door to strangers, unless the chain is attached.
- If you wake and find an INTRUDER in your home or suspect there is a PROWLER outside dial 111 and ask for the Police. Listen to what the Police tell you.
Don’t make it easy for burglars
- When you leave your property, check it’s secure, lock the doors and secure the windows. Put tools and ladders away securely and keep spare keys with a neighbour (not hidden under a rock).
Medicines, chemicals and cleaners
- Keep medicines, chemicals and cleaners out of children’s reach and sight... or in a locked cabinet.
It’s cool to be cool...
- Keeping cool in summer is as important as keeping warm in winter.
- Close your curtains for more than just sleeping – if you’re not home during the day, closing your windows and curtains will help keep your home cool. Open the windows to let fresh air circulate through the house in the evening when it’s cooler.
- Keep windows open at both ends of the house – this will create a breeze that will move warm air away.
Don’t add to the Heat
- Using appliances such as stoves, irons and washing machines adds to the heat inside, so try to limit use of these to the morning or evening. Turn off TVs and computers completely when you’re not using them – it will keep the house cool and save money on the power bill.
- Turn off unnecessary lights and electrical appliances during the day. Fridges can make the kitchen warm, so if it’s possible leave a window open near the fridge to let the heat escape.
Who to call in emergencies
- If water stops coming out of your taps, call your local council.
- If your power or gas stop working, call your power or gas supplier.
- If there is a fire, call 111.
- If your house is damaged by flooding, storm or earthquake, call 111.
- If you see animals you think are stray, call the SPCA.
Within arm’s reach
- Never leave young children unattended in the bath or under the supervision of their young brothers and sisters.
- Plunket gives new parents a non-slip bathmat at your baby’s five-month wellchild check. Put it on the bottom of your bath to stop your baby slipping under the water.
Keep yourself safe From fire
- Have an escape plan in case there’s a fire, and make sure everyone in the house knows what to do. Practise your escape plan.
- Make sure your smoke alarms are working by testing them often.