• With smokers, signs of small burns to carpets, clothes, bedding or furniture and unstable make-shift ashtrays.
• Signs of hoarding or lots of combustible material lying around (such as newspapers, bags of rubbish, books etc) or blocking escape routes and windows.
• Signs of burnt food pans or singed tea-towels.
• Portable heaters being used, placed close to curtains, bedding, trailing blankets etc or standing unstable on the carpet.
• Smoking in bed or in a chair where they also nap.
• Is there a working smoke alarm on each floor?
• Also check if they use an electric blanket. If they do, ask when it was last checked over.
"We have specially trained staff who will make an appointment to visit and give an assessment of the home, offering advice and putting in place measures to reduce the risk of a fire happening. The fire service can also refer residents to other partner agencies who may be able to offer support or assistance.
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