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Safe and Well visits 

 

These build on the very successful Home Fire Safety Checks that the Service has been undertaking for many years and will provide safety advice to those most at risk.

During the last ten years Bedfordshire Firefighters and the Community Safety team have been extremely successful in reducing fires and educating people to be safer in their homes. Visits often include fitting smoke alarms that can alert occupants to fires, should the worst happen, and help ensure they get out safely.

Our new “Safe and Well Visits” include our traditional detailed fire safety advice but also offer additional guidance on health, wellbeing and crime prevention. If hazards or risks are identified during the Safe and Well Visit the Service is able to refer vulnerable people to appropriate partner agencies for further help and support with making them safer.

The Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) have produced a light-hearted animation that explains what Safe & Well visits are, this is available on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ptm6kIJ8zaI

Safe and Well Visits will also help colleagues in other agencies like the NHS and Police by reducing the likelihood of slips, trips and falls that can place a heavy burden on medical services and by helping people protect their homes from crime, such as burglary.

We will continue to guide those who are not most at risk and treat any calls requesting assistance appropriately. If the Service are unable to visit we will still provide safety advice.