It is our intention to work with other agencies to identify target areas within Berkshire. These agencies will be able to
refer vulnerable groups for a home safety visit by a representative from the Fire and Rescue Service. Their home will be
assessed for fire risk, with a view to fitting free smoke detector alarms if required. We will also discuss home escape
plans and provide education advice to lower fire risk.
A ‘vulnerable person
’ is a person who is getting or may be in need of community care services by reason of mental or
other disability, age or illness; and who is, or may be unable, to take care of or protect themselves against significant
harm or exploitation.
Can you answer 'YES' to any of the following?
- The occupier is over 70 years of age.
- The occupier has a physical disability or has mobility issues.
- The occupier has any sensory impairment, audio or visual.
- The occupier relies on assistance from external agencies to help them live independently in their own home.
- The occupier has mental health problems, which may lead to unsafe practices with fire, cooking, heating or hoarding of combustible materials.
- The occupier has learning difficulties or cognitive impairment that can lead to confusion.
- There is evidence of burn marks on either bedding, furniture or carpets.
- The person is returning from hospital and may be vulnerable to the risk of fire.
- The person is physically unable to maintain their property in a safe condition through a lack of fire awareness or ability.