Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is changing the way it delivers Safe and Well Visits.
The new targeted approach is about ensuring that those who really need safe and well visits will receive them whilst our Safe and Well advice and guidance is accessible to all of our communities.
The Service has been visiting residents’ homes throughout the county, fitting smoke alarms, offering fire safety advice and checking the properties for potential hazards. During these visits they also check the residents’ general wellbeing and ensure they have sufficient heating, benefits, etc. If there are any other concerns they refer the occupiers on to the appropriate agencies
The Service has been running these visits since 2015 when the Community Advice Team (CAT) was first introduced but from February 12 they will be using a new approach to target those most vulnerable in the community.
Although anyone can call CAT for information and safety advice only certain individuals will qualify for a Safe and Well visit, these include:
• Those who have had a fire and the surrounding properties
• Couples who are 85-years-old or over
• Single occupiers ages 65 or over
• Single occupiers, aged 50-64, who are smokers or alcohol dependent
• Single parents
• Couples with young children
• Anyone with alcohol dependency
• Anyone whose property is at immediate risk of arson
Station Manager Paul Shaw said: “The new targeted approach is about ensuring that those who really need safe and well visits will receive them whilst our Safe and Well advice and guidance is accessible to all of our communities.
“This really is a tailored approach so that we know the right people are getting information and we are utilising our resources as effectively as possible to keep people safe.”
Call the FREE Community Advice Team on 0800 0241 999