Fire safety advice for older adults
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?
More about panning an escape route
Do you smoke?
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)
Last updated: Tuesday 01 October 2019