Stratford homes now safer after assistance

Central Taranaki Safe Community Trust’s 2012 Home Safety Project last week rolled out to Eltham/Kaponga.

Two safety ambassadors, Sam Swimburne from Eltham and Sharon Clarke from Stratford, are visiting homes to raise safety awareness and to offer practical help by giving a non-slip mat, fireguard voucher, smoke alarm, hallway light or stepladder to address the main hazard identified.

The 2012 project follows the trust’s past highly successful smoke alarm project. The rollout follows the very successful start of the project in April in Midhirst followed by Stratford.

Of the 2180 homes visited in Midhirst and Stratford (2180), 513 declined to participate.

Two hundred stepladders were donated, 90 smoke alarms, 100 shower non-slip mats, 80 bath non-slip mats, 60 night-lights and 30 fireguard vouchers.

“We are absolutely amazed at the feedback we have received,” says trust chairman Danny Bates.

He says the uptake is far better than they envisaged, and they have applied for a further $9000 to add to the $53,000 budgeted for the project.

“Our funders have been very generous so far,” says Danny.

The project will expand to Toko/Whangamomona by August/September.

Those in Midhirst and Stratford who missed out, can phone (06) 765 7145 to make an appointment.

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