Make sure your home is safe and sound - get free safety equipment

Launch of blind cord safety campaign
Launch of blind cord safety campaign

Make your home a safer place to live - by taking advantage of a new council scheme.

Free home safety equipment like blind cord hooks and safety gates are available to families in East Dunbartonshire as part of the Scottish Home Safety Equipment Scheme.

The council has teamed up with The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) to offer the equipment to young families on benefits as part of a pilot scheme that finishes in June.

Council Leader Rhondda Geekie said: “The council is part of this important national campaign which is offering free, practical help to families with young children to improve safety in their home.

“We know that accidents and unintentional injuries in the home are one of the main causes of hospital admissions and deaths among children under the age of five. We also know that many such accidents are preventable. The aim of this scheme is to raise awareness of the everyday dangers in our homes and learn how we can protect children from them.”

Free equipment includes safety gates, blind cord hooks, cupboard and window locks and furniture edge and corner guards.

Councillor Geekie encouraged people to contact the council for more information.

She said: “Time is running out if you think you could benefit from the scheme as it ends in June. Please get in touch as soon as possible if you think we can help.

“If you have already taken part in the scheme you will have received an evaluation form. It is important that these are returned as it helps us find out if the work we are doing with our partners is making a difference.”

If you have would like to have this safety equipment fitted into your home please contact the council on 0141 574 5772 or e-mail

Equipment is limited so requests will be handled on a first come first served basis.

Families are eligible if they have a child under five and are in receipt of one or more of the following benefits: Income Support, Jobseeker’s Allowance,

Employment Allowance Tax Credits, Disability Living Allowance, Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit, Carer’s Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance.

Anyone who is not eligible for free help through the scheme can find out more about how to make their home safer by checking out