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Advice for Carers/Professionals

Whether you help a loved one maintain their independence, or spend your working days caring for others, we're here to support you.

The help and advice you need to keep vulnerable people safe

Whether you help a loved one maintain their independence or spend your working days caring for others, we're here to support you.

Why it matters

A third of the people who die in fires every year are looked after by a carer, whether that is a family member, friend or a professional carer. We believe that by working together, we can reduce fire deaths and injuries of vulnerable people.


People who need extra consideration

Older people, people with disabilities, people with visual and hearing impairments, and people who are vulnerable for other reasons all need careful consideration when it comes to fire safety. There are 4 main reasons why: 

  1. They may not be able respond to a fire as quickly.
  2. They may not be able to escape a fire. 
  3. They may be more at risk due to lifestyle factors. 
  4. They may use healthcare equipment such as oxygen or emollient creams that are flammable.

So what do you need to know to give the best possible care?

  • Know what you need to do
  • Request a safe and well check
  • Take action 
  • Know where to go for help

Advice for carers and support workers

Use the quick links below to skip to the section you're most interested in.

It's also worth downloading and completing the person centred fire risk assessment below.

Person centred fire risk assessment checklist (pdf 237.49 KB)


Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service are committed to working with professionals who support vulnerable adults and children.  We therefore welcome referrals for safe and well checks from any professional who has concerns about an occupier or property where fire risk is a concern.

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