Our home safety checks have changed. Now, as well as fire safety advice, firefighters and support staff will also discuss health and crime prevention with residents when they carry out a Safe and Well visit at your home.
It is hoped the success of our fire prevention work can be replicated in areas of health and crime, taking pressures off partner organisations and using our expertise and access to over 60,000 homes a year to make people safer and healthier. Those most likely to suffer with health issues are also those at highest risk of fires and they tend to be vulnerable people.
The first roll-out of Safe and Well visits began in November 2015 and focused on winter pressures and specific issues around warm homes, social isolation, falls and flu inoculations.
The visits see GMFRS staff look to reduce risks, make positive interventions or direct people to partner agencies in order to improve people’s health, well-being and fire safety.
Throughout a Safe and Well visit our aim is to empower and motivate people to make positive changes to their health, wellbeing and fire safety. By doing this the process should not be limited to merely directing people to other agencies, but will also look to reduce risks during the initial visit where appropriate.
Here is a video from the launch of our Safe and Well visits
Here is a Safe and Well newsletter with more details about the visits and case studies showing how we have helped people.
How do I book a Safe and Well visit?
When you book a visit, we will visit your home at an allocated time and accompany you around every room in your property with the aim of:
Identifying and making you aware of the potential fire risks in your home
Making sure you know what to do in order to reduce or prevent these risks
Helping you put together an escape plan in case a fire breaks out in the future
Ensuring you have a working smoke alarm and if you don’t, we may fit a FREE ten year smoke alarm.
Booking a visit couldn’t be easier. Simply call 0800 555 815 or fill in the form below.
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service