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Making your home safe - fire safety

The best way to protect your home and family from fire is with a working smoke alarm. You should make sure that your home has at least one smoke alarm on each floor.

Fire safety advice is available from the Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service.  They also have advice on choosing, fitting and testing smoke alarms. They also provide a free Safe and Well home visit.

If you have hearing loss:

  • you can get a smoke alarm which uses a strobe light and vibrating pads
  • in the event of a fire, if it is difficult for you to call 999 yourself, ask a neighbour to do it for you
  • if you have specialist equipment, such as a text phone or minicom, you can contact the emergency services on 18000

If you have sight problems:

  • put a coloured sticker on your smoke alarm if you have trouble seeing to test it, or ask your local fire and rescue service if they can provide a coloured cover
  • consider fitting bump-ons (also known as plastic blisters) to appliances as a way of making sure they are switched off properly
  • unplug and then check electrical leads regularly by touch - if they are frayed or faulty don't use the appliance
  • you may also want to consider placing a tactile indicator along your escape route to make it easier to find the exit

If you have mobility problems:

  • if it is difficult to test your alarms ask someone to do it for you
  • remote controlled or easy access alarms are available from electrical retailers
  • telecare equipment will allow you to alert someone in the event of an emergency
  • make sure you have easy access to any mobility aids you may need, such as a walking stick

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