Every year, our fire services are called out to around 50,000 fires taking place at a home address. To prevent fires claiming more innocent lives, Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service carry out safer home visits to take preventative action against fires and give advice to keep your loved one safe.
What is a safer home visit?
A safer home visit consists of the installation of a smoke alarm (if necessary) and lifesaving advice about what to do in the event of a fire. They will also discuss planning an escape route and having precautions in place, making sure fire hazards are minimised.
Who qualifies for a safer home visit?
To see whether your loved one qualifies, visit Suffolk County Council’s website and answer the five questions about their circumstances.
Help and advice to keep your loved one safe at home
Not everyone will be eligible for a visit, however here are some frequently asked questions which might help you keep your loved one safe in their home.
Where do you put smoke alarms?
When fitting a smoke detector, it should usually either screw on or stick to the ceiling. It should be as close to the centre of the room as possible and at least 30 centimetres away from any wall or light fitting. The smoke alarm should be positioned in a place that can be heard throughout the whole home. Try and check your alarms regularly to ensure that they work effectively.
Should I have a smoke alarm in every room?
If your home has more than one floor, ideally there should be an alarm fitted on each floor to alert everyone in the house in the case of a fire. A smoke alarm can be fitted into every room apart from bathrooms, where steam could trigger the alarm.
Where should a carbon monoxide detector be installed?
You should have a carbon monoxide detector in every room that has a fuel burning appliance, such as a fireplace, or in a central position within the home, such as the hallway. The alarm should be positioned at head height (where the breathing level is) and placed in a well-ventilated area.
Earlier this year, consumer group Which? reported that faulty household appliances account for 60 house fires a week in the UK. Suffolk Trading Standards regularly keep residents up to date with the latest recalled products on their Twitter and Facebook accounts, using the #CheckitTuesday hashtag. This is a great way to see whether any appliances in your loved one’s home have been recalled.