• Absolutely no hidden charges

  • 88% of callouts fixed on first visit

  • 24/7 emergency callouts

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    Absolutely no hidden charges

    All CORGI HomePlan maintenance plans have unlimited call outs, with all parts and labour included. Any exceptions are clearly stated upfront before you sign up.

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    88% of callouts fixed on first visit

    Last year 88% of our home repair and maintenance callouts were fixed on the very first visit. This includes call outs and scheduled appointments.

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    24/7 emergency callouts

    CORGI HomePlan’s cover will have a Gas Safe registered engineer arrive on the same day or within 24 hours of a breakdown occurring. For urgent issues such as uncontrolled gas and water leaks, we aim to have someone there in less than 2 hours.

Introduction

From CO alarms to spare keys, keeping you and your family safe in the home can be a minefield. There are so many things to worry about and different opinions on what’s safe and what’s not. That said, no one knows your home like you do, so always do what feels right; but to help you along the way we’ve collated our top tips on everything from gas safety to home security to help you keep your home safe and warm.

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Family Safety

We take our role as the UK’s most trusted provider of boiler and homecare insurance very seriously, which is why we’re committed to raising awareness around carbon monoxide. Every home should have a CO alarm fitted and working on every level of the home, by each gas burning appliance. This is the first defence against the deadly gas. It’s also good to know what to look out for. You can read more about gas safety or download our free safety paper.

All gas appliances should be checked by a qualified Gas Safe engineer every year to help prevent any problems. Only Gas Safe Registered engineers can work on gas and fit, fix and service boilers, gas fires and most types of gas cookers in your home - it's the law. CORGI HomePlan works with the best independent Gas Safe Registered engineers across the country, so you know you’re in safe hands.

We’re sure that you do your utmost to keep your home safe already, but there may be a few tips here to help you.

  • Burglars are wise to homeowners - don’t keep keys under mats or flower pots. Leave a key with a trusted neighbour if they need to gain access.

  • Make your home look lived in - even if you’re not around. Leave blinds partially open, arrange for a neighbour to empty gathering post, put your lights on a timer, you can even get a device that will emit a barking dog etc.

  • Advertise your security systems - even if your alarm doesn’t work, let burglars know you have one to act as a deterrent

  • Put your house number on your mailbox, not your family name(s).

  • Examine your garden. If your trees or landscaping provides a leg-up to a potential burglar, trim it down. Don’t leave ladders or anything else to give them a helping hand.

  • Check for frayed wires. You should repair or replace loose or frayed wires on any electrical appliances.

  • Follow the cord! Wires shouldn’t go under rugs or under and across doors.

  • Overloading extension cords. Overloaded sockets can cause a fire hazard. If you find yourself relying on extension units then think about installing extra plug points.

Fires can have devastating effects which is why you should do everything you can to prevent them from happening. Here are a few tips for you to apply in your own home to make it that bit safer.

  • Alarms - you’re four times more likely to die in a fire if your alarms don’t work, so make sure you have one and it is working properly.

  • Candles, electric blankets, cigarettes and cookers can cause fires. Make sure they’re always extinguished or off before heading to bed or leaving the house.

  • Stop, Drop and Roll - if your clothes catch fire these are the actions to take - don’t try anything else.

Although everyone hopes that an emergency doesn’t occur and that you never have need to call the emergency service, it’s best to always be prepared. Simple suggestions can make sure that the services know where to find you in case they need to.

  • Make sure your house number or house name is visible from the street

  • Ensure your home has a fire escape plan and a meeting point - if and when you call the emergency services, they’ll find you more easily if you’re all in one place!

Barbecues are involved in many hundreds of accidents that occur in the garden each year. The number of accidents usually increases if we have a hot summer. Barbecues should be fun and if you follow simple precautions, they should also be safe:

  • Stability is essential - make sure your bbq is sturdy

  • Check your barbecue is in good condition (particularly if you have not used it for some time) and look for loose or damaged parts that may need adjustment or repair

  • Consider the location - level ground, away from fences, sheds and overhanging trees,

  • Never light a barbecue in an enclosed space - they can also cause Carbon Monoxide poisoning

  • Never pour petrol, meths or other accelerants on to a barbecue. Some of the most serious barbecue-related accidents happen when people do this and the barbecue 'explodes' in their face

  • Remember that the metal parts of a barbecue can become hot - don't try to move it until it has cooled down

  • Make sure the barbecue is fully extinguished before you leave it

  • Take care when getting rid of a disposable barbecue, or barbecue coals - ensure they have cooled down before placing them in a bin.

 

One of the easiest ways to keep your family safe is to think like a child. Work your way around each room and think what could be a hazard to someone who doesn’t realise the dangers. Keeping plugs sockets off-guard, making sure all heavy furniture or appliances are firmly attached with extra support to the wall and household cleaning products and sharp knives are out of reach is a good start.

And what about older members of the family? Older people are generally more accident-prone so helping prevent accidents in the first place is a good starting point. Avoid leaving items on the stairs - they can become a tripping hazard. Damaged or worn carpets can also cause falls, so these should be repaired or removed. Try to avoid repetitive carpet patterns that may produce a false perception for those with poor eyesight while landings, stairs and hallways should be well lit with two-way light switches to avoid any trips in the dark. Making sure that banisters or handrails are sturdy can also help reduce the risk of an accident in the home.

 

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