How to keep myself & children safe in the home
To know how to keep myself and children safe in the home
Let's start with why this is important:
- the majority of accidents and injuries in the home are preventable
- simple changes to your home can ensure that you and your loved ones are safe
In Victoria a renter can install any of the following items without permission from their landlord:
- a wireless doorbell
- adhesive child safety locks on drawers and doors
- pressure mounted child safety gates
- a lock on a letterbox
Urgent repairs to make your home safe
Any fault or damage which makes your home unsafe or insecure needs an ‘urgent repair’. These may include:
- problems with water services, electricity, sewers and gas leaks
- broken air conditioner or safety device, such as a smoke alarm
- pest infestations, mould or damp caused by the structure of the building.
If your rental provider refuses to make urgent repairs, you can get them fixed if they do not cost more than $2500. You must pay for these repairs. Make sure you keep the receipt. To get the money refunded from your rental provider or agent, send them a ‘Notice to rental provider of rented premises’ form on the Consumer Affairs Victoria website. They then have seven days to pay you.
If you cannot pay for urgent repairs, and your rental provider refuses to fix them, you can apply to the tribunal. The tribunal can order your rental provider to make the urgent repairs. Applications for urgent repairs must be heard by the tribunal within two days.
Make your home kidsafe
Go through this checklist and tick of each suggestion.
Order a free curtain and blind kit
If you have children and your properties curtain or blinds cords are not secured. Go to this website to get a free kit sent out to you.
Download Fire Rescue Victoria's booklet available in 25 languages to understand more about home fire safety.
How safe is your house?
Take the “How Safe Is My Place” quiz to find out what more you can do to make your house/rental property secure.