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Fire Safety Guidance for Care Workers

Care workers in England are getting extra information about fire safety to support their introductory training. This will give them extra potentially life-saving information on how to spot the signs of a person who is most at risk of dying or being seriously injured, should a fire occur.

Fire chiefs are asking care staff to contact their local fire and rescue service if they notice any of the early warning signs, in order to prevent a fire from happening.

Care workers are being targeted because they could be the first to notice tell-tale signs like burn marks on carpets from cigarettes or a smoke alarm that has a low battery.

Figures in a London Fire Brigade report, also published today, reveal that one person receiving care is dying from fire every month in London.

According to the figures, over the last three years, 36 out of 119 accidental fire deaths involved people who accessed some form of care services. All but three of the deceased smoked, half had mental health issues and 14 were known to drink alcohol.

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) requires that a care provider demonstrates that their service meets these essential fire safety standards. A fire safety induction must be undertaken by all workers in their first 12 weeks with an organisation. The standards are also useful to individuals who support and care for family or friends.

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"This is a great example of London Fire Brigade working with other organisations to make not only London but the nation safer from fire,” said Chair of London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority's strategy committee, councillor Crada Onuegbu.

"Care staff do a fantastic job of supporting people within our communities and those who have mobility issues. Sadly these people are among the most at risk from dying in a fire. Now care staff will have the skills to spot the warning signs and help prevent these terrible deaths."

Skills for Care CEO Sharon Allen said:

"This report is a timely reminder that people who use care services are often at serious risk from fire so we welcome this pro-active approach from fire brigades to tackling this problem.

"Brigades across the country have made significant progress in preventing fires, so we would urge care workers and their managers to contact their local officers who can offer free expert advice to anyone they think might be at risk." Source: Info4Fire

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