NEW ALARM SERVICE WILL KEEP TEES FAMILIES SAFE

By published 4 February, 2014 No Comments

Teesside residents are to be offered a safety alarm service that will give them the assistance they need in an emergency – from fire to a fall or an unwelcome caller – by linking them directly to a monitoring centre.

Ian Hayton, Managing Director of Cleveland Fire Brigade Risk Management, with some of the Homesafe equipment, including the advanced smoke alarm

Ian Hayton, Managing Director of Cleveland Fire Brigade Risk Management, with some of the Homesafe equipment, including the advanced smoke alarm

HomeSafe has been launched by Cleveland Fire Brigade Risk Management, the Brigade’s Community Interest Company (CIC), and is a first for Fire Authorities in the UK.

It will provide protection for families, homes and small businesses, helping many of Teesside’s more vulnerable residents to live safely and independently in their own homes. All surpluses from CFB Risk Management’s contracts and services are reinvested back into projects that improve community safety for thousands of families in the Tees area.

HomeSafe uses the very latest technology, thanks to a partnership with leading providers Tunstall Healthcare, and is the most comprehensive package and the cheapest rate available in the region.  It provides 24 hour cover for 365 days of the year and CFB Risk Management has made a significant investment in monitoring equipment.

“The health and welfare of our communities is at the heart of everything we do,” said Managing Director Ian Hayton. “Thanks to our expertise in community protection and our not-for-profit Risk Management company we can offer a very cost-effective and highly responsive service.”

For as little as £4.99 per week users will be supplied with an alarm unit and a personal alarm pendant, along with an automated smoke detector, all directly linked to special HomeSafe operators at the company’s monitoring  centre.

“HomeSafe  is available to anyone wanting to protect themselves, their family, home or small business,” explained Ian Hayton, “but we expect it will be particularly valued by older people wanting to retain their independence, anyone with disabilities, poor health or at risk of domestic violence or abuse.

“Knowing that help is available quickly in case of fire, a fall, sudden illness, an unwelcome caller or any other emergency relieves a huge amount of stress and worry for people and their relatives,” he added.

HomeSafe operators will be alerted either automatically through the advanced safety sensors or they can be called by users from anywhere in the home by simply pressing a button. They will provide appropriate help  – from advice, medical support or an alert to a family member to an emergency service call.  All customers need is a working telephone line and an electrical socket close by.

“This latest development is all part of our work to improve community safety and it fits well with the work that the Fire Service does in providing free home fire safety visits and its Stay Warm winter campaign,” said Ian Hayton.

CFB Risk Management is a Community Interest Company (CIC) set up with the aim of ensuring the highest levels of safety for businesses and the local community.

Information about HomeSafe is available from 01642 903 109 or visit www.cfbriskmanagement.com/homesafe

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