Fire Safety Advice
In collaboration with local and national partners we aim to reduce the risk of harm from fire for people who access services by achieving the following objectives:
- help promote successful partnership working between health and social care services and fire and rescue services. The partnership model can be applied strategically but it will also be of value for practitioners if there is not a partnership already in place.
- support health and social care staff from any organisation to strengthen their interventions with knowledge and skills to reduce the risk of fire to service users/patients.
- help promote successful partnership working between practitioners and fire and rescue service staff and between organisations.
It is widely acknowledged that there is a decreasing trend in fire casualties and incidents and that this is the result of successful fire safety and prevention activity. Although the number of injuries and deaths due to fire have reduced the rate at which this is occurring has slowed down.
Fire statistics show that individuals at greatest risk from fire injury or death are often from hard to reach groups and known to statutory, private and voluntary sector organisations in health and social care. The profile of individuals involved in accidental and non-accidental fire incidents share common characteristics.
Prevention, public value and efficient use of resources are key priorities for all public services. It is crucial that health and social care services from which ever sector and fire and rescue services better understand and respond to the needs of the individuals they are trying to protect. This can be best achieved through more effective partnership working.
Feedback and resources
To give Fire and Rescue Services and/or Health and Social Care Services feedback visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/JB7LBQS
Examples of good practice or self-assessment can be submitted here: self assessment or best practice submission
We really welcome feedback so that the guidance can be developed and refined and so that it reflects the good practice nationally. You can complete the relevant form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or breezep@manchesterfire,gov.uk
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Considering specific vulnerable groups and how to improve their fire safety is a relatively new area so it is important to draw together existing intelligence and best practice to strengthen the approaches that are taken. An independent research report published in 2006 concluded that “overall, nearly 80% of all fires involved victims who were impaired in some way, either through substance use, mental or physical impairment (whether or not related to age), or a combination of these factors”.
The report goes on to state that “alongside the immediate causes of a fire (e.g. carelessly discarded cigarettes), alcohol, mobility and mental illness are the biggest single influences on whether a fire starts and/or whether it has fatal consequences”.
In light of these risk to patient/service user safety Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service and the Trust developed a guide and training resource to support health and social care service providers and practitioners to work in partnership with their local fire and rescue services to reduce the risk of fire to their patients/service users. The guidance focuses on best practice and how to go about establishing partnerships with fire and rescue services.
Evidence suggests that the most effective way of providing effective fire safety interventions to those who are hard to reach or who have complex health and social care problems is to deliver collaborative person-centred fire safety interventions in partnership.
The Health and Social Care Fire Safety Guidance document is a resource to support partnership working between health and social care organisations and fire and rescue services to help reduce injuries and deaths due to fire. Click HERE to download and view the guidance.
SAFE and WELL VISITS:
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 in people's homes.
Those most likely to suffer with health issues are also those at highest risk of fires and they tend to be vulnerable people. Click HERE for more information and to book a visit.
ROLE EMERGING PLACEMENTS:
Please click HERE for a presentation from Robert Gordon University regarding the contempory OT practice placements that have been facilitated over the last few years.
This VIDEO features Occupational Therapists within the Older People's Mental Health Service in Dundee working in partnership with Scottish Gas and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to keep people safe at home. The short 3 minute video will explain what the SGN locking cooker valve is about. It is a FREE service and will support people most at risk from leaving the gas cooker/hob on, causing a gas leak which may lead to a gas explosion.
RESEARCH and EVALUATION:
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