NarcolepsyCheshire Fire and Rescue Service has a duty to promote fire safety and protect local communities, particularly those who are most vulnerable. The Service has been working with Narcolepsy UK to highlight that some individuals living with Narcolepsy may be at heightened risk from fire.

Narcolepsy is a rare neurological condition that affects the brain's ability to regulate the normal sleep-wake cycle. This can lead to symptoms such as disturbed night-time sleep, excessive daytime sleepiness and cataplexy (Narcolepsy UK, 2019).

These symptoms amongst others and the medication that can be prescribed to individuals living with Narcolepsy can result in an increased risk regarding fire related incidents. Therefore if you or someone you know is living with Narcolepsy please get in touch with our Prevention team on 01606 868 700 who can discuss how Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service might be able to support your needs.

When should I contact the Fire Service?

It is advisable to contact the Fire Service as soon as you have a diagnosis or suspected diagnosis of Narcolepsy – we can then work with you, to offer advice about how fire risk in your home can be reduced.

It is also important to remember that if your condition or medication changes over time then you can contact Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service again to see if there is any further support we can put in place.

If you have any concerns in relation to fire safety whilst living with Narcolepsy please do not hesitate to get in touch and we will do our best to assist you.

Other Support:

Please contact Narcolepsy UK, a national charity who support people with narcolepsy, their families, carers and others who may require further information. Their contact details are as follows:

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