Looking after myself

Here are some contacts you may find useful to help you stay safe:

Age UK

For information on preventing falls, and for help with making your home safe and secure, phone 0845 643 4709.

Police Neighbourhood Watch

To contact local co-ordinators phone 01823 363348 or email: Lindsey.stone@avonandsomerset.police.uk

Safe Places

This is a scheme which helps vulnerable people deal with difficult situations that make them feel at risk when they are out in the community. To find out more, visit https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/safeplaces

Fire safety

For advice about home safety, and to request a free home safety visit the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service website

Rogue traders

Somerset County Council’s Trading Standards Team works with other organisations to tackle ‘rogue traders’.

If you have any information about rogue traders, they would like to know. You can phone the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 0845 404 0506, or the Police on 101.

Advice about how to avoid becoming the victim of a scam is available on the Devon and Somerset Trading Standards website and at www.gov.uk.

Buy With Confidence is a joint service run by Devon and Somerset Trading Standards to help consumers find businesses and traders. Each service is thoroughly checked and reviewed ahead of joining the scheme to make sure they operate their company (and service to you) in a legal, honest and customer-friendly way. Buy With Confidence is part of a national scheme formed over 15 years ago to counteract the activities of rogue traders. Find out more

In an emergency

The Council works with other organisations to provide services to respond to major incidents and plan for them in advance.

They have produced an Emergency Action Checklist for householders with advice about what to do before, during and after emergencies. To request a copy phone 0300 123 2224.

Adult Social Care have also produced an information sheet – A7 – Keeping Safe