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'Safer Homes' Show House Unveiled

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July 3 2008

Stewart Milne Homes, together with Aberdeenshire Community Safety Partnership's Home Safety Group today (Thursday) unveiled their Safer Homes show house which is currently being built at Portlethen, and which will form the centrepiece of the Aberdeenshire Safer Homes project.

The project aims to raise of home safety and security. The showhouse, which is scheduled to open during Autumn 2008, will include a safety and security features over and above those required as standard under building regulations.

Nicola Butters, Home Injury Prevention Development Officer from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, (RoSPA), said: "The incorporation of home fire safety measure, safety glazing, and thermostatic mixing valves within the Building Regulations over the last few years has made considerable progress in helping to reduce home accident injuries, but additional improvements are still essential. This show house will incorporate many of these additional safety features".

In Scotland, there were 16,282 admissions to hospital after an accident in the home in 2007.  In 2006, there were 207 accidental deaths in the home in Scotland.

Mike Cowie, Sales Director for Stewart Milne Homes, said: "When the safer home show home opens in autumn, as well as seeing the safety and security features at first hand, visitors will also receive a free information pack which will include a wealth of information on home safety and security.  We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Home Safety Group for our third safer home show home and particularly pleased to be providing them with this showhouse as the centrepiece of the Safer Homes project to highlight the key safety and security issues that can arise in any home and to demonstrate how they can best be avoided."

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