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Aberdeenshire Safer Homes Project- Show Home Officially Opened Thursday 30th Oct

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Pictured outside the "Safer Home", show house from left to right, Neil Thomson of Stewart Milne Homes, Aberdeenshire Provost Bill Howatson, Willie Munro, Area Manager K&M and Chair of Aberdeenshire Community Safety Partnership.

Aberdeenshire Community Safety Partnership in conjuction with award winning house builders, Stewart Milne Homes, officially opened their "Safer Homes" show house on Thursday 30th October. The event which was attended by representatives from Stewart Milne Homes, RoSPA, Home Safety Scotland and Community Planning/Safety partners, saw Aberdeenshire Provost Bill Howatson perfom the ribbon cutting ceremony at the building firms Leathan Fields site at Portlethen. The show house, one of three located at the site, is fitted out with a variety of additional home safety and security features over and above those required as standard under current building regulations. The "Safer Home" will be the centrepiece of the Aberdeenshire Safer Homes project which aims to raise the general awareness of all aspects of home safety and security, with a number of events planned to take place at the show house and elsewhere in Aberdeenshire during the coming months.

Provost Howatson said:

"This is an excellent example of a local business working in close partnership with Aberdeenshire Council, Grampian Police, Grampian Fire and Rescue Service, The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, and the community, to help make Aberdeenshire an even safer place to live in. I would like to thank everyone involved in the project, with special thanks to Raymond Edgar, Neil Thomson, and Fiona Duncan of Stewart Milne Homes who worked closely with members of the Aberdeenshire Home Safety Group to help bring the project to fruition."

Fred Welsh, Grampian Fire & Rescue Service, and Chair of the Aberdeenshire Home Safety Group said:

"With over 4000 accidental home deaths each year in the UK and an average of 2.7 million people requiring hospital attention as a result of a home accident, I think that the statistics speak for themselves. The aim of this project is really to raise awarness of home safety issues and demonstrate how people can minimise the risk of accidents occurring in the home, and how a few very simple and relatively low cost adaptations or additions can make the home a safer place for everyone. Home security is also very important and a number of features aimed at making the home less vulnerable to opportunist type break-ins and doorstep crime are included in the show home."

John Low, Managing Director of Stewart Milne Homes North said:

"We are delighted to support Aberdeenshire Community Safety Partnership and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents in this initiative.

"This emphasis on safety within the home is important for buyers across the market, particularly those with young children. We are keen to ensure this level of safe living is available to all of our buyers, and have carefully selected these additional safety features which can be integrated to any Stewart Milne Homes property.

"Since carrying out similar projects in the North East and Dundee, we are delighted to be involved again in this latest venture at our Portlethen development."

The additional safety and security features fitted in the show home includes lockable cupboards for storing household cleaning materials, child resistant safety catches fitted to upstairs windows to prevent them opening too far, an intruder alarm, a smoke alarm for the hard of hearing, a heat detector in the kitchen, a carbon monoxide detector, timer switches fitted to lamps to deter intruders, concealed secure fixing points for items such as stair gates and fire guards, a door hinge safety system, and a domestic sprinkler head (demo only). As well as seeing these safety and security features at first hand, visitors to the show home will receive a pack which includes a wealth of information on home safety and security.

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