Safety and security

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Your homes safety and security is very important. There are some laws, processes and procedures that we follow and put in place for the safety of all our tenants.

There are also some actions that you should take to help keep your homes safe.

Security

All the homes we manage in South Cambridgeshire are fitted with secure doors and windows. Please make sure that they are all shut and locked when you are away from home.

Most burglaries are opportunistic - they take place when an opportunity is presented to the thief. The best way to prevent burglaries is to prevent opportunities and:

  • keep doors, windows, and gates shut and locked
  • leave a light on when away in the evening so that passers-by think someone is at home
  • avoid leaving "I'm out" signs, such as for family and delivery people

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Home contents insurance

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Your tenancy agreement does not cover the insurance of your homes contents, it is your responsibility to have home contents insurance to protect your belongings from theft and damage.

We have teamed up with Thistle Tenant Risks to provide a specialist contents insurance policy for council tenants. Please see tenants home content insurance for more information on the policy and how you to apply.

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Fire safety

Smoke alarms

Your home's smoke alarm could save you and your families lives, it is important to make sure that it is working properly so that you are alerted in case of emergency. 

Keep your smoke alarms in top condition by: 

  • testing your alarm weekly
  • cleaning the alarm twice a year with a vacuum cleaner the soft-brush attachment
  • changing the alarms battery each year
  • making sure no one tampers with your alarm
  • if you are concerned that your alarm may be faulty, contact the repairs hotline: 0800 085 1313

Communal areas

Keep yourself and your neighbours safe and don't store personal possessions in your communal areas. These can get in the way of an escape during an emergency and pose a fire risk. 

Solid fuel heating 

We carry out an annual safety checks and sweep your chimney.

Gas safety and fumes

Your gas heating appliances are serviced annually.

If you suspect a gas leak or smell of fumes, call the National Grid immediately on 0800 111 999.

Open the windows to get clean air and turn off your gas supply at the meter. Do not operate switches as a spark could ignite a gas leak.

Gas appliances

We are unable to service your gas appliances, such as cookers and gas fires. However our gas contractor will carry out and document a visual inspection to make sure your appliance is safe to use and inform you of any defects. The appliance may be disconnected from the gas supply as a safety precaution if needed.

Oil, solid fuel and air-source heat pump inspections

We carry out annual inspections and safety checks for oil, solid fuel and air-source heat pump systems to make sure they are working correctly and efficiently.

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Electrical safety

Almost half of all home fires in the UK are caused by electricity, which is why it is important to treat electricity with care and respect.

Keep yourself and your family safe and: woman doing laundry

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Please check your Tenants' handbook [PDF, 2MB] for more information on safety and security for your home.

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