Fire safety advice for older adults

Fire officer talking to an older resident about fire safety

Unfortunately older people are statistically more at risk in the home.

Do you have a smoke alarm?

  • You need a smoke alarm on each floor of your home.

  • Test it regularly and keep it free from dust.

  • Change the battery at least once a year.

  • People with hearing difficulties need to place a vibrating pad under their mattress or pillow at night. If smoke is detected, the alarm will sound and set off the pad.

Find out more about smoke alarms

Do you have an open fire?

  • Clean your chimney and flue regularly.

  • Make sure embers are properly put out before you go to bed.

  • Always use a fire guard to protect against flying sparks from hot embers Have your chimney swept regularly.

  • Please don't dry clothes over or near a fire, even drying clothes near a fire or other heater is a fire risk.

More about chimney safety

Have you planned an escape route?

  • Preparing and planning an escape route can save valuable time in a fire

More about panning an escape route

Do you smoke?

  • If you smoke, use deep ashtrays and stub each cigarette out properly.

  • Never smoke in bed.

Fire safety advice for smokers

Keeping warm and well

Keeping warm keeps you well - check out our top ten tips:

Tips on keeping warm and well

Winter fire safety tips

 The following leaflet contains tips to keep your home fire safe this winter:

Winter fire safety leaflet (new window, PDF 581KB)

Is your home fire-safe?

Complete our online home safety check and you will get a personalised fire safety plan, which will offer advice on how to prevent fires in your home:

Do the online home safety check

Safe and well visits

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service offer a free 'Safe and Well Visit' for people who are aged over 65 and for people who are referred to us by partner agencies because they are considered to be at a particular risk.

The visits will still incorporate the traditional fire safety information (and smoke alarm fitting), but will also offer additional advice on slips, trips and fall prevention and bowel cancer screening.

Book a Safe and Well Visit for over 65's

Are your elderly friends and relatives safe?

Spare a thought for elderly relatives, friends and neighbours too. Are they as safe from fire as they could be? Visit the Age UK website for more information:

Age UK website (opens in new window)




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Fire officer talking to an older resident about fire safety