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Guarding against a silent killer

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Published by Roisin Rowley-Smith for Riverside in Housing and also in Communities, Education, Health

A hundred Liverpool households are being protected from a silent killer – carbon monoxide, thanks to Liverpool City Council’s Handyperson’s service, delivered by social housing provider Riverside.

CO detectors are being fitted in the homes of vulnerable residents who have been identified by the Healthy Homes Advocates teams.

Claire Richards, Riverside’s service development leader, said:  “It takes very little time for our handypersons to fit a carbon monoxide detector, but it can make such a difference to people’s lives.

“This project helps to demonstrate the wider importance of our handyperson service across Liverpool, helping people stay safe in their own homes.”

Local charity Dying to Keep Warm supplied the detectors.  It has raised money from Liverpool churches and businesses to provide a range of assistance for people who need help to reduce risks in their homes.

Councillor Ann O’Byrne, cabinet member for housing, added: “We are very grateful to Dying to Keep Warm for supplying these detectors.  Our Healthy Homes team has worked with Riverside to ensure that more of our residents are safe in their homes.

“Carbon monoxide is known as the silent killer.  It can kill quickly and without warning if gas appliances and flues have not been properly installed, maintained, or are poorly ventilated.

“These detectors will bring greater peace of mind to many vulnerable people.”

Please call the hotline on 0151 295 6102 for further information about the handyperson service.

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