Free carbon monoxide detectors for over 60s

Merton Council is working in partnership with Hanover AtHome and the London Fire Brigade on two new fire safety initiatives to ensure older people and people with a disability can live safely in their homes.

The partnership has been awarded a grant from the Gannett Foundation to provide free carbon monoxide detectors for people with gas appliances to ensure that everything is working safely. There is a £10 fee to have the detector fitted.

In addition, Hanover AtHome has formed a new partnership with the London Fire Brigade, and will be conducting free home fire safety checks and fitting ten year smoke alarms and specialist smoke alarms for the hard of hearing.

Please call 020 8648 0471 to request a carbon monoxide detector, a free home fire safety check or to access any of the other services.

Andy Roberts, Borough Commander said:
‘This is a key partnership for the Fire Service in Merton – the free home fire safety check offers important advice on preventing fire and staying safe in the event that fire does occur, this includes free fitting of appropriate smoke alarms if none are fitted. Evidence is showing that the free checks play a big part in reducing the number of fires occurring in people’s homes.’

Councillor Margaret Brierly, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Services said:
‘Fire safety is of utmost importance for our older residents, we want to ensure that everyone has a fire safety check and smoke alarms are fitted into every older person’s home.’

Notes to editor:

Hanover AtHome in Merton, formerly named Care and Repair Merton, is a service primarily for homeowners and private tenants either over 60, or of any age with a disability and aims to help people remain safe, comfortable and independent in their own homes. The service delivered by Hanover Housing Association is a partnership with the London Borough of Merton and is an important support option for older people, often preventing an unwanted move.
The core service offers a one to one consultation and advice on repairs and adaptations, information about approved contractors, help with grant applications, and can oversee building works.
The agency also has a handyperson service, who can assist all older people in any tenancy with small jobs in and around the home at the cost of £10.00 an hour.
The carbon monoxide detectors are free for any older person living in their own home, however if they would like the detector fitted there will be a fitting charge of £10.00 at hour.
Photo available on request of Hanover AtHome’s handyperson, Christopher M