Personal safety is for everyone to consider, not just older people, and includes topics such as your home and property, vehicles, and in your neighbourhood.
As outlined in the Neighbourhood Support website this can mean doing something simple like making a list of the phone numbers of people you can call in an emergency and keep a phone by your bed. You may be able to pre-programme these numbers for speed dialling. Another suggestion highlights the importance of saying no if someone asks to use your phone. Keep them locked out and direct them to the nearest phone box or offer to make the call for them.
Suggestions such as the ones above may be obvious with 20/20 hindsight after the event, or when it has happened to someone else!
We have searched for websites of interest and that we hope will be of help. The websites in particular to view are the NZ Police and the Neighbourhood Support websites - both very informative with excellent information and a variety of fact sheets, containing many ideas and hints for staying safe.
An excellent article can be found on older people and consumer fraud by the Australian Institute of Criminology. It is a 'pdf' document so you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader.
You may also wish to view our Falls and Injury Prevention page for personal home safety to avoid injury.
ACC and Neighbourhood Support North Shore are running the Safe@Home campaign to promote safety in North Shore City homes and neighbourhoods. For more information on this campaign read their press release.
Fire prevention comes about by awareness of fire potentials in the home and what can be done to prevent this. Number one area for fires in New Zealand, in the home is in the kitchen. Number one cause is leaving cooking unattended. Number one solution to number one fire problem, Keep looking when you're cooking" as "cooking fires kill".
Most fire stations in New Zealand will come to your house, advise where to place the smoke alarms, and provide assistance with installation to the elderly and people with disabilities. Call your local fire station for advice on where to install the smoke alarms, and assistance with installation for the elderly and people with disabilities.
There are also available smoke alarms for deaf and hearing impaired people. These alarms have extra features such as extra loud and/or lower pitch alarm sounds, flashing strobe lights, or vibrating devices. For more information click here.
If you want more information about fire safety visit www.fire.org.nz.
Safer North - Community Trust
Safer North is the North Shore of Auckland's Injury Prevention Coalition. This group has been in operation on the North Shore for 13 years and is made up of a number of key stakeholders from various organisation involved in health, safety, crime prevention and injury prevention. Their informative website outlines a number of their key initiatives, including falls and injury prevention for older adults.
Safety Week this year focused on reducing serious falls in the home. Falls are the major cause of injury in the home. Safety Week aims to raise awareness about the risks of falls and injuries in the home for everyone. The website provides access to printed resources, tips, interactive tools and communication packs that can be used to help reduce the risk of accidents and injuries.
The Shielded Site
Women's Refuge has created a tool to help victims of domestic violence access a shielded portal through which they can contact them, find out how to make a plan to safely get out of a dangerous situation, learn how to stay safe online and get answers to questions about what comes next - all without fear of it showing up in their browser history for anyone else to find. If you go to the bottom of sites such as The Warehouse, TradeMe, Sorted, Stats NZ, Countdown click the green and white computer screen you will be taken to a secure, non traceable site that leaves no search history on your device. Read more here
Websites of interest