Do you have fire safety concerns about someone you care for?
Factors may include burn marks found within the home, cooking regularly being left unattended, poor housekeeping or an accumulation of possessions that restricts escape routes. Having an alcohol dependency, suffering from mobility issues or due to health reasons they are less able to react or understand a situation.
Many of us know a friend, relative, neighbour or client, often living alone, who could be vulnerable from fire. If you know someone who could be at risk from fire, please tell them about Home Fire Safety Visits and submit a referral. We will work with you to make sure that the person is safe in their own home.
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service working in Partnership with Bon Accord Care, Aberdeen
In Scotland over 30% of fire fatalities occur in homes where the person receives, provided care from the health and social care sector. As ever the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service are continually working to reduce fires within the home in order to protect the most vulnerable members of our community.
A pilot project was launched in Aberdeen City in September 2018 where SFRS joined up with care provider, Bon Accord Care who support thousands of people to live safely and independently in their own home.
Working in partnership, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service have delivered fire risk awareness training to their Support Workers to assist them in identifying risks within the homes of those they visit.
This process provides a tailored support care plan incorporating a Fire Safety Assessment and referral pathway into SFRS resulting in a free home fire safety visit.
To date over 40 Support Workers have been trained who now complete regular Fire Safety Assessments when visiting people they care for. From this, over 240 assessments have been completed generating 75 referrals for Home Fire Safety Visits for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.
As this partnership develops more training will be delivered by SFRS resulting in more assessments and visits being carried out across the city.
Overall this partnership contributes to improved community safety whilst changing attitudes and understanding of fire prevention in the home.
Pilot Project Updates
Partnership working in Stirling & Clackmannanshire
Our pilot project working with care providers continues to be rolled out across Scotland.
In April 2019, SFRS joined up with care provider, SCRT Homecare who support people to live safely and independently in their own home. SFRS delivered fire risk awareness training to SCRT Homecare Care Workers to assist them in identifying risks within the homes of those they visit.
This process provides a tailored care plan incorporating a Fire Safety Assessment and referral pathway into SFRS resulting in a free Home Fire Safety Visit (HFSV). To date, over 100 Care Workers have been trained who now complete Fire Safety Assessments when visiting people they care for.
It is anticipated that over 330 assessments will be completed through the partnership, generating high risk HFSV’s if a risk to fire is identified. During a visit SFRS will put measures in place to reduce or eliminate risks.