The Square at Parwich

07976 802096

The Square, Parwich

Risk Assessment

The Square - Risk Assessment

We very much want everyone to have a happy, peaceful and safe stay here at The Square, and will do our best to see that you do.

However, unforeseen accidents can happen at any time, to the most careful of people, in the most careful of homes… and of course there is an added risk for anyone in unfamiliar surroundings.

So, for your safety and peace of mind (and ours!) we have tried to foresee what could possibly arise, identifying all possible sources of ‘danger’ and advising how these can be avoided and any risks minimised.

  1. Firstly, we identify people for whom The Square would not be safe or suitable at all.
  2. Then we outline all possible hazards and dangers with information about how they can be avoided.

This information can be found under the following headings:

  1. FIRE
  3. SAFETY, inside and out

A. Those for whom our holiday home would be unsuitable:

With the best will in the world we cannot remove the relevant danger or inherent hazards, which make the house unsuitable for: Children and any adult who

  1. Is 'unsteady on their legs'
  2. Has mobility problems or suffers from vertigo
  3. Has significant sight impairment needing a guide dog
    Please enquire if you are unsure about any possible problem you might anticipate.

B. Risk Assessment of Possible Hazards

This is the most obvious risk that comes to mind.

AVOIDING the DANGER of fire: There are smoke alarms on each level. We check these regularly, but for your own peace of mind we suggest that you confirm for yourself that they are working.

We provide a Fire Blanket in the kitchen on the back of the door into the lounge and a Fire Extinguisher in the front porch.

We have the chimney swept regularly, by Mr. John Eardley.

Emergency lighting There is a torch in the kitchen on the back of the door into the lounge.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP AVOID THE RISK OF CAUSING A FIRE We do ask you to be extremely aware of the potential dangers, of fire and consequent injury.

When cooking

When using the log burner

When using electrical equipment

When using candles.

Candles are not permitted anywhere inside the house. Candles and tea lights used in the courtyard or garden should never be left unattended and extinguished as you leave them.

ESCAPE from upstairs in the event of fire

  1. If you need to escape from an upstairs window, use the sheets, bedding, blankets etc. to help you to escape.
  2. If a room is filled with smoke, remember to crawl close to the floor where the air is purer.


Obviously, hygiene and the general condition of your surroundings are vital for your health and personal safety.

First Aid kit:

There us a small First Aid kit provided:

Allergies and other concerns:

The house is in the country, surrounded by trees and greenery (pollen) and with working farms in the area nearby (animals and, occasionally, flies and smells).


Carbon Monoxide

Central Heating

  • There is an LPGas powered central heating system provided by the Rayburn This is serviced annually and the inspection report is kept in the house file. The LPG canisters are stored in the locked cabinet in the courtyard. Guests will not need to access this cabinet. There is a programmable time switch; so individual guests can choose the timing appropriate for their needs. We want you to be as warm and as comfortable as you want to be, but please also be aware of the environmental implications and try not to be wasteful of the heat.

    Radiators: These all have individual thermostatic controls.

    Hot water:

  • Like the central heating this provided by the Rayburn. The timing can be controlled from the heating and water programmable time switch.
  • If you are wanting regular deep baths in we suggest you keep the hot water onto ON throughout the day to ensure there will be enough hot water for you, and then set to come on again at the required time in the morning.

    Cleaning chemicals

  • As far as possible we use less harmful products and equipment, but we do provide for guests’ convenience loo cleaners, dishwasher tablets, washing machine detergent, kitchen and bathroom cleaning sprays. These are kept under the kitchen sink, and/or in the bathroom.
  • If any guest has friends or family visiting with children, please be aware that these products should be removed somewhere where they cannot possibly be reached by the children.

    Disposal of Waste

  • We provide a large lined kitchen Brabantia rubbish bin in the kichen (with a supply of spare liners under the kitchen sink).
  • There is a lined ‘sanny bin’ in the bathroom (a supply of spare liners under the kitchen sink).
  • There are lined waste paper baskets in the sitting rooms and bedrooms.
  • Full bin bags should be placed in the galvanised dustbin in the courtyard by the log store.

    Risk of Flooding

    The Square is some distance from any flowing water, so there is little obvious danger from floodwaters as such. However, internally, one could leave a tap running with potentially serious consequences. Occasionally – usually with prior warning – Severn Trent may cut off the village water supply. If this happens it is very important to ensure that taps aren’t left on, to cause a flood when the water supply is resumed.


    The obvious hazards, other than fire, burns and scalds, are:

    The stairs

    Safety in the bath/room


    Parking and access to The Square

    Access to the garden

    We welcome any suggestions to help us improve what we provide, or how we present the information.   If you have any suggestions please phone us on 01335 346 104 or +44 (0) 7976 802096 or email us at