The risk of a potential fire catastrophe is far more prevalent now than ever before. Homeowners and persons living in multi-occupancy dwellings are encouraged to seek the ready assistance of the Fire Service to conduct a Fire Risk Assessment. Residential Fire Risk Assessments or a Home Fire Safety Check can sound daunting to many people. However, this need not be the case. In this article, we will seek to explain what they entail and how you can go about having one carried out.
A Residential Fire Risk Assessment is where members of the Fire Service will visit your home or other residential dwellings, at a time convenient to yourself, and carry out an inspection of your premises. The visit may be carried out by firefighters from the Fire Prevention and Community Relations Unit or other Senior Officers within the service. If firefighters are detailed to conduct your assessment please note they may arrive with a fire tender so don’t be alarmed. You should also be aware that a fire tender can be called away at a moment’s notice as it is still part of the available operational resources. They will, of course, call back, or arrange another date if needed.
The assessment will focus on three key areas: 1. Identify potential fire and safety risks. 2. Know what to do in order to reduce or prevent these risks. 3. Put together an escape plan in case a fire does break out and ensure you have working smoke alarms. The assessment visit is not as intrusive as it sounds. We will visit, sit down and talk to you about fire safety issues covering areas such as electrical safety, kitchen safety, smoking safety and the use of candles. We will then, with your permission look at the various rooms within your home paying particular attention to areas such as overloads to electrical sockets or wires trapped under carpets. We will also ensure that doors shut correctly and advise you of any remedial work that we feel may be in order for you to become safer within your residence.
You are welcome to ask any questions you need to have answered with regards to your safety. We can also run through an escape plan if you do not already have one. Senior citizens and persons with disabilities usually qualify for free smoke alarms to be fitted within your home. We will carry this out completely free of charge and can fit them in a matter of minutes, ensuring you are safer. Remember Home Fire Safety Checks are FREE you can contact the Fire Prevention and Community Relations Unit of the Barbados Fire Service via the following phone numbers to discuss fire safety or arrange for a visit: (246) 535-7829.