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Fire safety advice during the coronavirus pandemic

Home safety has never been so important now that we are all spending more time in our homes during current Covid-19 pandemic.

We have put together a list of six simple tips below to help reduce the risk of fire in your home and keep you and your family safe:

  1. Protect your home with working smoke alarms
    Install smoke alarms on every floor and test them every week
  2. Take extra care in the kitchen
    Over 50% of accidental house fires start in the kitchen
  3. Check your electrics
    Keep electrical appliances in good working order
  4. Plan a safe escape
    Make sure you know how to get out of your home in an emergency
  5. Smoke safely
    Put cigarettes out properly and dispose of them carefully
  6. Make sure you sleep safe
    A bedtime safety routine can reduce the risk of fire whilst you’re asleep

We are also aware that your business may also be at a higher risk of fire due to the disruption. Some business safety advice is available to help keep your business safe during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Are you classed as vulnerable and need volunteer help?

Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent residents who are classed as extremely vulnerable to coronavirus (Covid-19) should have received a letter from the NHS asking to stay at home and avoid face-to-face contact for at least 12 weeks. This may mean that you will need extra support during this time.

This might be for things such as travelling to appointments or collecting prescriptions and medicines. Alternatively, you might need help with shopping, or even a friendly voice to talk to.

We know there are other people who will not have received a letter but are vulnerable too, for example people who are staying at home because they have symptoms of coronavirus, are over 70, have a pre-existing health condition or are pregnant and do not have a friend, relative or neighbour who can help.

Here is a list of useful contacts, should you need help

Residents living in Stoke-on-Trent

Stoke-on-Trent City Council and voluntary sector organisation, VAST, have launched the #StokeonTrentTogether scheme. This will help with things such as prescription collection, food parcels, gas or electricity meter top-up, conversations and dog walking.

If you need help, please call 0800 561 5610 or complete this online form.

Please note, this service will operate seven days a week from 9am until 5pm.

Residents living in Staffordshire

If you have received a letter from the NHS confirming that you are extremely vulnerable to coronavirus and you need support, please contact the NHS Volunteer Responders helpline on 0800 028 8327.

If you do not fall into this group but are self-isolating and need our help, please call the Staffordshire County Council emergency helpline on 0300 111 8050. We can arrange to supply you with emergency food and care.

There are lots of different organisations, including your local council, within communities that are supporting people all across Staffordshire. You can find out information about the support groups available via Staffordshire Connects. Many of these groups meet virtually and can offer support. In addition to this, you can take a look at the Coronavirus Kindness campaign to find out how you can get help, or how you can do your bit.

NHS Volunteer Responders

You will have seen in the news that the government recently called for 250,000 volunteers from local communities to sign up to become NHS Volunteer Responders.

The response to this has been staggering. If you are vulnerable and would like to access this service, you should:

  • Call the national emergency helpline on 0800 028 8327
  • Or, complete this online form