Safety in your home

How to keep you and your home safe and what to do if you have pests, asbestos, carbon monoxide, or need your smoke detector, gas or electrical checked.

Gas safety

We must complete a gas safety check once a year for all homes with a gas meter or gas pipework. This helps keep you, your family and your neighbours safe.
Find out more about gas safety

Electrical testing

We check all electrical wiring before you move into your home. We will test the electrical installation in your home every 5 years to make sure it is safe.
Find out more about electrical testing

Fire alarms and smoke detectors

All our buildings with communal entrances have a fire alarm, and some flats in those buildings also have a smoke detector. All our other properties have smoke detectors.
Find out more about fire alarms and smoke detectors

Pest control

Pests in your home include rats, ants and wasps. Sunderland City Council has a pest control service that is free.
Find out more about pest control

Carbon monoxide

Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas you cannot see, taste or smell. To help keep you safe, we check your gas meter and gas pipework once a year.
Find out more about carbon monoxide

Water hygiene

There is a risk of bacteria, like Legionella, growing in your water system but there are things you can do to reduce the risk.
Find out more about water hygiene


Asbestos can be dangerous if moved or damaged. You must contact your Neighbourhood Co-ordinator before you do any DIY in your home.
Find out more about asbestos