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Home & Garden Reduce the Risk Rogue traders and scammers often target vulnerable people and those with memory problems – to reduce their risk follow these simple tips. Call blocking devices and services - Available through telephone companies and retailers. Manage calls with an incoming call ‘white list’ on a free call blocker for dementia sufferers. For more information friendsagainstscams.org.uk Reduce unsolicited calls by registering your number: tpsonline.gov.uk Automatic shut off devices to stop the gas supply/ cooker if it has been turned on. Similar devices are available for taps to reduce risk of flooding. Motion sensor activated lighting will light the way at night to reduce risk of falls. Buy these devices from a reputable business. Buy With Confidence - Check the qualifications of tradespeople you employ e.g. Gas Safe Registered or use a robust trader approval scheme such as the local authority Trading Standards approved trader scheme buywithconfidence.gov.uk. Simple Practical Solutions • Leave a list of trusted emergency contacts by the phone in case of emergency. • Post-it notes stuck to the front door can remind your loved one of appointments. • Sign-in / out sheet signed by the home dweller and regular tradespersons can check that services are actually being delivered, eg the cleaner • A chain on the front door and no cold calling stickers can prevent unsolicited callers from knocking and coming in. Request a person’s identification card before allowing them in if the visit is unexpected. Alzheimer’s Society provide other practical advice too alzheimers.org.uk. Claire Kendall, Trading Standards, Milton Keynes Been scammed? Report it to Citizens Advice on 08454 040506. They’ll advice and pass the details to your local trading standards team. 34 Please mention Essentially Local when responding to advertisers
Home & Garden MKL Cable Solutions Qualified Electrician | Lighting Extra Sockets | Garden Lighting Call us on 01908 465749 or visit www.mklcs.co.uk To advertise please call 01908 380777 35