Safety initiative beats goal

An innovative home-safety project based out of Stratford has wound up after fitting more than 600 safety devices in homes throughout central Taranaki.

Project leader and Central Taranaki Safe Community Trust chairman Danny Bates said the 26-week initiative had been a success.

"We wanted to complete 500 safety checks and because of the great response in the community, we ended up with 659, and handed out 651 safety devices," Mr Bates said.

Two home-safety ambassadors visited more than 3000 homes in Stratford, Kaponga and Eltham offering non-slip mats, fireguard vouchers, smoke alarms, hallway lighting or ladders to those who needed them.

"We had a 19 per cent hit rate, which is up 7 per cent on what we envisioned at the start, which was quite tremendous."

Mr Bates said it was now hoped other regions would take up the scheme.

The project was inspired by the trust's highly successful free smoke alarms in every home initiative run in 2008 and was funded by the Social Development Ministry, ACC and Stratford District Council.

Taranaki Daily News