Safety of the Built Environment

Cover of Can The Home Ever Be Safe?

The need to improve safety in the built environment of homes and gardens.

'Can the Home Ever be Safe?' is a policy document recommending improvements sought by RoSPA at the design and build stage of new homes or when homes are refurbished. The document is intended to target simple, low cost design improvements to increase safety within the home, which RoSPA considers essential to reduce accidental injury.

The incorporation of fire safety, safety glazing and access requirements in the Building Regulations in the last few years has made substantial progress, but additional improvements are still essential.

The document highlights further improvements that would help address the needs of disadvantaged people and would also reduce the need for householders to carry out DIY activities, which themselves are the cause of numerous accidents.

Download the full policy document: Can The Home Ever Be Safe? (PDF 455kb)

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