Every year thousands of people within the UK experience a fire in the home. Tragically, many of these result in injury or even death.
The damage caused by fire in the home can have devastating consequences and a large number of fires could have been prevented if potential hazards in the home were identified and eliminated and the residents had a plan in case of an emergency.
What is a Home Fire Safety Visits?
To assist with this, Devon and Somerset Fire & Rescue Service offer a programme of ‘Home Fire Safety Visits’.
Home Fire Safety Visits can sound daunting to many people, especially the elderly. They involve a DSFRS employee visiting your home at a time convenient to you to give advice and guidance in respect to fire and home safety needs. They will also assist you with the development of an escape plan so you know how to get out of your house if there was a fire.
All homes have different requirements but a Home Fire Safety Visit should take no longer than 45 minutes.
What is the cost to residents?
DSFRS are working to develop a safer community & this is a completely FREE service that’s offered to people and places where we know there is a higher risk of fire. This includes high risk individuals such as older people, especially those living alone, those with mobility, vision and hearing impairment, mental health services users and those liable to intoxication through alcohol/drug use. A combination of these factors will significantly increase the risk from fire; you may also qualify to have a FREE smoke alarm fitted in your house. You will not be sold anything.
If you are concerned that your home may be at risk of fire or know someone who you think needs our help then please arrange a visit by calling 0800 7311 822.
All Fire and Rescue personnel who visit your home will carry photo identification. Please ensure you ask to see it.