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Home Safety Visits from Hampshire Fire and Rescue

If anyone in your home has a disabilty or uses oxygen then Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service advise that you invite them to a free home safety visit.

To arrange one please ring the Community Safety Team on 02380 626809.

Information is outlined below.  Information with further links may be found by visiting: https://www.hantsfire.gov.uk/keeping-safe/loveyourhome/safeandwell/

Fire safety advice for the hearing, sight and/or mobility impaired

Register with us if you use oxygen or have a disability

For the hearing impaired

Register for the SMS 999 service, it will link you automatically to the emergency services. To register text register to 999. You will get a reply – then follow the instructions.

Plan your escape route, get everyone in your household to practice with you and make sure you feel comfortable doing it feeling tired or in the middle of the night.

Make sure your front doorbell is working. If you live in a block of flats and the communal fire alarm goes off, one of your neighbours may be trying to alert you.

Smoke detectors

If you are deaf, a little hard of hearing or simply a heavy sleeper, you should consider a strobe light and vibrating-pad alarm system.

These alarm systems work in the same way as other smoke alarms and can be bought from the Chief  Fire Officers Association’s home safety scheme BlueWatch.

  • if you have a vibrating pad, make sure it is properly linked to the fire alarm
  • if you use a pager (which is linked to your fire alarm), remember to keep it charged and keep it with you
  • If you are worried your equipment is not working properly, contact your social service team who supplied it

For the sight impaired

Place tactile indicators along your escape route and make sure you feel comfortable following them.

Smoke detectors

Place a bright coloured sticker on your smoke alarm.

More information about helpful indicators can be found on the Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB) online shop.

Electrical safety

Faulty electrical items can give off a burning smell, if this happens turn off the appliance and unplug immediate.y

Place TactiMarks and bump-on stickers on to switches and electrical items.

For the mobility impaired

Make sure doorways, corridors and stairs are clear.

Keep door/window keys and your phone handy, away from the door itself, and tell members of your household where they are.

Smoke detectors

Can you ask a friend, family member of neighbour to test your smoke alarm?

Easy access alarms can be provided by the Disabled Living Foundation.

If you use oxygen or have a disability – register with us

Never use your oxygen near a naked flame – this includes all forms of smoking and e-cigarettes, gas and electric cookers.

We want to ensure we are as prepared as possible if we have to attend a fire in your home. If you have a disability/impairment, if you use oxygen, or know someone that does, you can register the appropriate details with us which will ensure a fire crew will know your circumstances in an emergency situation.

You can inform us by contacting our Community Safety team by calling 023 8062 6809 or emailing: community.firesafety@hantsfire.gov.uk.