Fire Risk Awareness
Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service – Safe and Well Check
You can refer a vulnerable person for a safe and well check that will be completed 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. The Fire and Rescue Service will also discuss home escape plans and provide advice to lower fire risk. To refer for a safe and well check please use the following online form: Agency Referral Form
Whilst consent is preferred for making a safe and well check referrals, where there is risk of harm to the individual or others the referral must be made without consent. This is on the basis of public or vital interests. Please ignore the fact that the current referral suggests consent must be obtained (RBFRS are resolving this issue). If you need to tick the consent box to submit the form, do so and include in the comments the rationale for not having consent and how public or vital interests threshold is met.
Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service – Threat of Arson Referral Procedure
If you have concerns about someone that has had a Threat of Arson made against them or their property or are at risk of arson please complete and return this form.
RBFRS will endeavour to attend the property (with consent of the occupant/victim, so please contact them first) within 48 hours. A Threat of Arson/Risk of Arson Safe and Well Visit will involve our Safe and Well Technicians or Crews attending the property to fit arson proof letter boxes, fire retardant sprays and as many smoke alarms as required.
Fire Risks Associated with Types of Health Equipment
There have been several fire related incidents nationally, involving health associated equipment such as Oxygen cylinders, air flow pressure relieving mattresses and incontinence pads and these incidents have led to serious injuries and fatalities. Health Equipment and Fire Risk Report published by the London Fire Brigade provides useful advice.
Fire Risk with the use of Emollients
Emollients are moisturising treatments applied directly to the skin to soothe and hydrate it. They cover the skin with a protective film to trap in moisture. Emollients are not flammable in themselves; however, a fire risk occurs when they absorb into fabrics and then exposed to naked flames, or heat sources, resulting in a fire that burns quickly and intensely, which can cause serious injury and even death. This flammability increases each time the fabric is contaminated with an emollient. Repeated washing of clothing, bandages, and bedding at any temperature, does not remove the fire risk. Both paraffin and non-paraffin emollients can act as an accelerant, when absorbed into clothing and exposed to naked flames or other heat sources. Over 60s who smoke and have reduced mobility, are those most at risk.
An awareness leaflet has been produced by the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service, you are asked to share as widely as possible.
Risk Management Tools
- Fire Risk Assessment Tip Sheet, a Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service Tool, is a useful to check you have considered all relevant factors in identifying fire risk.
- Fire Risk Assessment Tip Sheet, a tool to support with the fire risks associated with hoarding.
- Briefing note December 2022
- Click here for a recording of the webinar on Self-Neglect and Fire Risk, presented by Neil Whitemann from the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service in November 2022. The webinar provides information and guidance of how to manage fire risk when working with individuals who may be at risk of fire at their homes due to hoarding behaviours.
- Click here for the recording of the webinar on Arson Awareness, from the Royal Berkshire Fire Rescue Service in November 2022. Cases of arson linked to domestic abuse are on the increase, this session will improve the knowledge of staff regarding this issue.
For further information please visit the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service Website.