Carers Information

Do you have fire safety concerns about someone you care for?

carer guide front cover imageFactors 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

Fire Safety Assessment Project Pilot Case Study

In Scotland, during the reporting period of 2017/18, Fire Investigation data identified that 30% of fire fatalities occur in homes where the person had a care package provider.

With an aim to reduce this number of fatalities, a Care Plan Fire Safety Assessment form was piloted for 12 months in Aberdeen, Stirling and Clackmannanshire. SFRS, in partnership with Care Provider Bon Accord Care, launched the pilot in October 2018. Over a four-month period, around 200 Support Workers received training in Home Fire Safety Risk Recognition. Bon Accord Care also introduced Fire Safety Assessment form into Service Users Care Plans.  

Bon Accord Carer - HFSV

The Fire Safety Assessment form helps to identify an increased risk to fire, a person’s ability to react to fire, and their ability to escape. This form was warmly received by over 1,000 Service Users. 

So far, around 460 referrals have been made to SFRS and 440 Home Fire Safety Visits have been completed, allowing for preventative measures to be put in place reducing the risk of fire. 

Monitoring fire risks in the home has now become routine practice for Bon Accord Care Support Workers when out in the community visiting Service Users. By implementing this simple practice, safety in the home has improved further supporting independent living for the most vulnerable members of the community. This has recently been recognised by the Care Inspectorate: 

Bon Accord Care - standing at board

 

Integrated Care at Home West were commended for their partnership working with Scottish Fire & Rescue Service (SFRS).  The pilot involved frontline Support Workers receiving training and hand out literature from the SFRS, and as part of their normal daily visits carrying out an assessment to measure the risk of fire in people's own homes. Based on this assessment a referral was made directly to SFRS.

Care Inspectorate praised this early intervention initiative and were encouraged to hear that it would be rolled out across all BAC non-residential services.  Reaching the most vulnerable service users in their own homes that otherwise the SFRS would not be aware of.

Fire Investigation data continues to highlight that there is a lot of work still to be done between SFRS and the many care providers across Scotland. It is envisioned that the implementation of such a Fire Risk Assessment for all care providers would play a key role towards reducing the number of fire fatalities occurring in homes where care is provided.


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.

 

 

In Scotland, during the reporting period of 2017/18, Fire Investigation data identified that 30% of fire fatalities occur in homes where the person had a care package provider.

With an aim to reduce this number of fatalities, a Care Plan Fire Safety Assessment form was piloted for 12 months in Aberdeen, Stirling and Clackmannanshire. More information on the introduction of this pilot can be found on the SFRS website under ‘Your Safety’ within the ‘Carers Information’ section. /your-safety/carers-information.aspx

SFRS, in partnership with Care Provider Bon Accord Care, launched the pilot in October 2018. Over a four-month period, around 200 Support Workers received training in Home Fire Safety Risk Recognition. Bon Accord Care also introduced Fire Safety Assessment form into Service Users Care Plans. 

The Fire Safety Assessment form helps to identify an increased risk to fire, a person’s ability to react to fire, and their ability to escape. This form was warmly received by over 1,000 Service Users.

So far, around 460 referrals have been made to SFRS and 440 Home Fire Safety Visits have been completed, allowing for preventative measures to be put in place reducing the risk of fire.

Monitoring fire risks in the home has now become routine practice for Bon Accord Care Support Workers when out in the community visiting Service Users. By implementing this simple practice, safety in the home has improved further supporting independent living for the most vulnerable members of the community. This has recently been recognised by the Care Inspectorate:

Integrated Care at Home West were commended for their partnership working with Scottish Fire & Rescue Service (SFRS).  The pilot involved frontline Support Workers receiving training and hand out literature from the SFRS, and as part of their normal daily visits carrying out an assessment to measure the risk of fire in people's own homes. Based on this assessment a referral was made directly to SFRS. Care Inspectorate praised this early intervention initiative and were encouraged to hear that it would be rolled out across all BAC non-residential services.  Reaching the most vulnerable service users in their own homes that otherwise the SFRS would not be aware of.

Fire Investigation data continues to highlight that there is a lot of work still to be done between SFRS and the many care providers across Scotland. It is envisioned that the implementation of such a Fire Risk Assessment for all care providers would play a key role towards reducing the number of fire fatalities occurring in homes where care is provided.

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