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Special safety visit for Halifax school

Special safety visit for Halifax school

A school in Halifax had a special visit from one of our Gas Team colleagues, as part of Together Housing’s support for national Gas Safety Week.

Geoff Wallis, Repairs Team Coordinator, gave a safety in the home presentation to 90 Year 6 pupils at Beech Hill School. In three entertaining sessions, Geoff used an interactive quiz, video and worksheets to explain the safe use of electrical items, fire hazards and the dangers of carbon monoxide leaking from faulty gas appliances.

Although safety is a very serious subject, Geoff made it fun with lively activities and lots of pupil participation.

Geoff said: “It’s never too early to teach children about gas safety. In fact kids can often identify hazards better than adults because they rely on their instincts and are quick to point out something that seems wrong.”

Shameem Hussain, Headteacher at Beech Hill School, said: “Geoff delivered a fun and engaging lesson on what is a serious subject. It was a great way to get children thinking about safety and how to communicate important messages.”

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Gas Safety Week is a national campaign highlighting the alarming fact that every year poor gas work and faulty or old appliances cause approximately 40 accidental deaths and more than 200 non-fatal cases requiring hospitalisation in England and Wales. Over 4,000 people also attend A&E diagnosed with carbon monoxide poisoning.

That’s why it’s so important tenants stick to appointments for their annual boiler check and they only use gas safe registered engineers to maintain their own gas appliances such as gas cookers and fires.

Missed appointments are not only a serious safety issue. We estimate missed appointments cost Together Housing £300,000 a year. This is money that could be spent improving our services to tenants and maintaining our existing properties, as well as providing new affordable housing for low income families.

Please be in for your annual gas safety check or contact your Customer Service Centre to rearrange.

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