Fire Safety & Risk Assessment Referral

Fire Service Safety Checks in the Home
If you have any concerns that a patient may be at high risk of having a fire in their home your local Fire & Rescue Service offer free Home Safety Checks. In the West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) area, these are called Safe & Well Visits.  These visits involve Officers visiting the most vulnerable people in their homes, offering advice and fitting essential equipment when needed that can reduce the risk of injury and death from fire. Whilst carrying out a Safe & Well visit WMFS staff will also ask a range of health related questions and seek to make referrals to key providers. The aim of these visits is to not only reduce fire risk but also reduce and delay the need for acute Health and Social Care services.

So who is more at risk from fire?
Although the following list is not exhaustive, a person is at increased risk from fire if they have any of the following conditions/lifestyles:

  • Mental Health condition
  • Chaotic Lifestyle
  • Learning Difficulties/Dementia
  • Mobility/Physical Impairment
  • Has sensory loss (hearing or visually impaired)
  • Over 50
  • Takes prescription drugs Substance misuse (Drugs & Alcohol)
  • Smokes
  • Has signs of previous fires (eg cigarette burns, cooking)
  • Live alone
  • Uses medical Oxygen

Although statistically people over 50 are no more likely to have a fire than the younger population, they are more likely to be severely injured or even die in a fire.

To refer to WMFS for a Safe & Well Visit see Flowchart and use the referral form

Flowchart - Safe & Well Assessment

FST Referral Form

Fire Risk Guidance

West Midlands Fire Service has produced guidance to provide information and support in the following areas:

  • Identifying risk and vulnerability to fire
  • The importance to include the risk of fire at initial assessment and care plan design
  • When and how to refer to WMFS including what support and services are available
  • Ongoing training and workforce development

Please see the following link to read:

West Midlands Fire Service
0800 3895525
Homesafety.Centre@wmfs.net 

To make a referral to Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service please use the details below
01926 466282
www.warwickshire.gov.uk/firesafetycheck  

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