Independent Fire Safety Training & Risk Assessment

January 18, 2013

Fire Safety Checks for the Vulnerable

Filed under: Fire Safety — Adrian @ 12:00 am

A new fire safety check has been initiated in North Somerset after a multiple sclerosis sufferer died when his bed caught fire.

With the help of the Social Services, Avon Fire and Rescue Service are planning to identify disabled people who live at home and may be at significant risk in the event of a fire. It is also planned that social housing residents will receive fire safety checks as part of the social housing premises inspection program.

Disabled people identified as a risk will have their details added to the fire service records so that if a fire is reported at their home, fire fighting crews will automatically be alerted to a bedridden patient at that address. While the fire service is on their way to a vulnerable persons property, they will also be given information as to the best way to access the property and the presence of oxygen cylinders.

Fire authority member and North Somerset Councillor Tim Marter said ‘Both of these activities are unique to our district. This is pioneering action and I think the community fire safety activities are fundamental in the potential saving of lives’.

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