It only takes one accident to start a fire!

It only takes one accident to start a fire. Are you sure your smoke alarms are working? Test yours now!

Last year, 248 people lost their lives due to a fire at home. Many of these could have been prevented. Everyday fire risks are present in our homes. Well-known risks include candles and cooking left unattended, covered electrical heaters, overloaded plugs, and cigarettes.

Stay safe from fire in the home.

Here are a few ways to keep you and your family, friends and neighbours safe:

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home and make sure you can hear them throughout your home
  • Test your smoke alarms monthly – they could save your life, but only if they are working
  • Offer to test the smoke alarms of an older family member, neighbour or friend who needs help
  • Plan and practise how you’d escape in a fire and have a plan B
  • Most accidental fires start in the kitchen, so take care and never leave cooking unattended
  • Don’t overload plug sockets and adapters – watch out for loose wiring, scorch marks, and hot plugs and sockets
  • Keep heaters clear from curtains and furniture and never use them to dry clothes
  • Stub cigarettes out properly and dispose of them carefully – put it out, right out

By following these quick and simple steps, we can reduce the number of fatalities and injuries caused by accidental fires.

Did you know?

  • You are over 7 times more likely to die in a fire in the home if there are no working smoke alarms
  • Smoke alarms only take a moment to test but they give you and your family the best chance of surviving a fire

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BME 30th Anniversary video !!

Please check the link to our 30th Anniversary video which I hope you find gives a good portrayal of Tuntum and our sector.

We also created a role for non bme led HAs at the FBHO as a means of raising money. Their BME staff felt it was useful.

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Quarterly Newsletter from Housing Rights – October 2018

Click the following link to access the October 2018 Newsletter from Housing Rights:

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Black History Month

October is Black History Month and Arawak Walton will be celebrating the contribution made by the BME community in Britain and across the world. Each day in October we have been tweeting an inspiring person of colour and celebrating the contribution they have made.

So far, we have tweeted the below:

Oct 1st

Black History Month was first celebrated in the UK in 1987. It was organised through the leadership of Ghanaian analyst Akyaaba Addai-Sebo, served as a coordinator of special projects for the Greater London Council created a collaboration. It was first celebrated in London.

Oct 2nd

Nelson Mandela (1918 – 2013 ) – Mandela spent most of his life campaigning for an end to apartheid in South Africa. After over 20 years in prison, he was released and was able to be the first elected President in post-apartheid, South Africa. He was also admired for his forgiveness and willingness to reach out to the white community in South Africa.

Oct 3rd

Rosa Parks (1913–2005) was instrumental in the US civil rights movement of the 1950-60s. It was Parks who began an influential boycott of segregated buses in 1955. She was an influential figure in the civil rights movement, encouraging a break-down of racial barriers. #BHM2018

Oct 4th

You may have heard of Florence Nightingale, but the Crimean War gave us another hero: Mary Seacole (1805-1881). Seacole was a British-Jamaican nurse who, despite being turned down from everywhere due to prejudice, gave support and help to those on the front line. @bmhuk #BHM2018

If you would like to know more, follow the hashtag #BHM2018 on twitter.

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St Mungo’s Homeless Charity – Recruiting Trustees

 Freelance Recruitment Researcher representing Green Park Exec Search’s charitable sector is looking for 2 trustee to Join St Mungo’s, a large and well established homeless Charity covering London and South and South West England.  They have a Chair who has been in place for two years and a strong Exec team but are going through major growth so need 2 Trustees of senior level from a Housing, Finance or Commercial background to come on Board at a pivotal time.  Their aim is to end homelessness and rebuild lives.

 For more information, please see:

 Please feel free to call Karen on 07484 246868 (Mobile) or 0117 909 2827 (land).

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