n home safety Pictured at the launch with some of the alarm equipment are (from left) Sylvia Kettlewell, Clr Margaret Bates and Janet Lister


A NEW home safety service has been launched by Kirklees Council.

The Carephone Home Safety Service is designed to keep vulnerable people safe while living in their own homes.

It was launched on Monday at the Textile Centre of Excellence at Leeds Road in Huddersfield.

The service, run by Kirklees Adult Services, has been paid for with a £500,000 grant.

It means help is at hand for people 24 hours a day, 365 days year.

It includes alarm services which provide an emergency response, as well as sensors that detect a fall.

It also includes carbon monoxide and smoke detectors and flood detectors, which will raise the alert if the person is unable to.

The equipment is linked to a control centre, where staff will contact emergency services, family and friends when needed.

Clr Margaret Bates, cabinet member for Adult and Social Services, said: "We hope to help even more people remain independent in their own home, while feeling safe and secure in the reassurance that help is on hand should they need it."

The service will be available to vulnerable people, such as elderly people living alone, people with disabilities or victims of domestic violence.

Many of these people can get equipment free, or at a reduced rate, once they have completed a personal financial statement.

For more information on how to get the service, contact 01484 223000 or 01924 325070.