Trigger Point Awarness - identify potential fire risks

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue offers FREE Trigger Point Awareness to those who visit people in their own home. Maybe it might be something you would like to explore?


Did you know that free Trigger Point Awareness (TPA) is available to staff & volunteers from groups & organisations in Devon & Somerset? The awareness, which takes about an hour and a half to deliver, is targeted at those who visit vulnerable people in their own homes as part of their existing duties & is aimed at enabling volunteers & staff to spot signs & evidence that the person they are visiting is at risk.
Working as one of our referring partners, the issues spotted will act as a trigger for you to make a referral to Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service (DSFRS) for a free Home Safety Visit (HSV) using your unique Partnership number which is issued after the TPA session. Key indicators that would trigger a referral include:
• evidence of burn marks on soft furnishings / carpets
• someone in the property smokes in bed
• significant amounts of belongings within the property i.e. unable to put things away due to the amounts involved
• items within the paths of travel that would hinder escape from the property
• signs of overloaded sockets
• no smoke alarms
• someone who would not hear their smoke alarms when they take their hearing aids out and live alone or are left alone at night.

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When a referral is made, DSFRS will carry out a free HSV & will be able to assess the degree of risk the person / family is at, taking appropriate action to reduce risk & help prevent a fire or incident. This can include the free fitting of a smoke alarm or hard of hearing alarm (for those with hearing loss), supplying fire retardant throws and/or bedding, a carbon monoxide alarm as well as advising on safe escape routes & what to do in the event of a fire.
Vulnerable people can be more at risk of suffering a fire & in the case of elderly people, they are significantly more likely to become a victim of a fire should one occur. Many of the most vulnerable people can be the most difficult to assist & influence their behaviour to minimise risk.
If staff & volunteers are made aware of the hazards, they will be more able to identify some of the potential risks the people they are visiting face & know the correct procedure to make a referral, so that a HSV can be carried out. They can help us reach vulnerable people & together we can help to keep them safer.

Please see a link to DSFRS leaflets here


For more information or to arrange an awareness session contact:
Debbie Williams. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 07779 303 605

 

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