Home Safety and Maintenance Tips

Our homes are a place for us to relax, play and enjoy spending time with our families – but, as safety begins at home, it’s important to remain vigilant and ensure you and your community are kept safe. 

Deck, balcony and verandah safety

The safety of decks, balconies and verandahs (including railings and balustrades) is an ongoing responsibility for building owners, property managers and tenants.

In recent times there have been a number of incidents in NSW and other states involving the collapse of these types of structures.

Over time structural members may rot, corrode, become loose and/or unstable, and may deteriorate to the point of being dangerous.

Deck, Balcony and Verandah Safety Fact Sheet 

Awnings over public land

Awnings located over public land (e.g. footpaths) are part of the building to which they are attached and are the responsibility of the owner of the building.

Gosford City Council has developed its awning safety program in response to the recommendations of the Deputy State Coroner of NSW.

Awnings Over Public Land Fact Sheet 

Asbestos safety

To ensure the safety of everyone who may be affected by any construction and/or renovating work, it is very important that builders and home renovators in Gosford City know what they are dealing with before any work starts.

Of particular concern is the presence of asbestos, particularly in homes and buildings built or renovated before the mid 1980s.

It is potentially dangerous to start removing, cleaning, cutting, sanding, drilling, grinding or pulling up materials that contain asbestos. The asbestos fibres can be released into the air and inhaled by anyone in the vicinity.

Asbestos Safety Fact Sheet 

Bushfire safety

It is your responsibility to prepare yourself, your family and your home for the threat of bushfire.

Anyone living on the interface with a bushland area needs to understand the potential bushfire risk to their property, and how to reduce that risk.

Bushfires in the Gosford LGA

Also In This Section