Fire safety advice for the disabled

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If you have any difficulties hearing, seeing or moving about, you need to take extra care to deal with the risk of fire. If you take a few simple steps, learn a few good habits and avoid some bad ones, you avoid almost all fires in the home.

West Midlands Fire Service have provided a website for the Deaf and Hard of hearing community featuring video clips of a British Sign Language interpreter. The website also has text and provides helpful advice including: Emergency calls, Non-emergency calls, Home fire safety check, HFSC booking form, Support team and Deaf community news - West Midlands Fire Service website for the Deaf Community.

The West Midlands Fire Service logo and British Sign Language logo

Top 10 Tips

  • Electric Blankets
    Trading Standards recommend they have a life span of 10 years. They must be kept dry and flat at all times. Free testing by Trading Standards takes place once a year in Shropshire in the Autumn
  • Make sure you have working smoke alarms, we recommend at least one per floor
  • Never leave cooking unattended
    Over 50% of house fires start in the kitchen. Perhaps use a timer as a reminder when cooking
  • Use torches rather than candles in a power cut
  • Never overload your sockets
  • Never smoke in bed
  • Keep matches and lighters away from visiting children
  • Never leave your television on stand-by
  • Close your kitchen and lounge door at night
  • Make a fire escape plan. Keep escape routes free from obstructions

For a free Home Safety Check call 01743 260298 and leave your details. More useful links:

Shropshire Council area

To speak to Community Services call 0845 678 9000 and ask for your local team

Telford & Wrekin Council area

To speak to the duty officer call 01952 381 280

Other links

Further information

alison [dot] teece [at] shropshirefire [dot] gov [dot] uk (Alison Teece) - Vulnerable Persons Officer

Telephone: 01743 260 260

delyth [dot] humphreys [at] shropshirefire [dot] gov [dot] uk (Delyth Humphreys) - Vulnerable Persons Officer

Telephone: 01743 260 260