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Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service

Keeping Your Home Safe From Fire.

Protect yourself and your family from the devastating effects of fire by installing a smoke alarm today.

Safe and Wellbeing Visits

Our safe and wellbeing visit programme is how we work with the most at risk residents referred to us to identify risks in the home.  During our visit, we will look out for risks in your home, not just relating to fire, but also other factors that might affect your health and wellbeing. 

We will help you to make an escape plan in case of a fire and talk to you about creating a night-time routine.  We will talk to you about how you use the rooms in your home and look for common issues that could lead to an accidental fire and we will provide you with information, advice and guidance that is specifically tailored to you on how to prevent this from happening.  

The advice and guidance we give during our visit is intended to help keep you safe from fire and other risks. 

It is important to us that you are safe and well in your home.  We have lots of connections with other organisations that can support you if you need it – for example if you are a little less steady on your feet, if you are concerned about your memory or if you would like help to stop smoking.  Our partners in Northumberland County Council, Alzheimer’s Society, the NHS and our Community Hubs all have excellent links with professionals who can help ensure you have the support you need. 

We provide safe and wellbeing visits to those who need our help most. For example, if you have poor mobility, or cannot remove and change your own smoke alarms,  live independently and are over the age of 65, you maybe eligible for a visit. 


If you wanted to check your eligibility online or get some information relevant to your own circumstances, you can check your eligibility via the questionnaire in the link.

If you are eligible for a visit, one of our officers will be in touch to arrange a suitable time to visit you.

Home Fire Safety Check 


This easy-to-follow home fire safety check has been developed through a partnership between the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC), Fire Kills and Safelincs. It will take you through your home one room at a time and the simple questions will help you spot fire risks as you go around your home.

The tool will offer tips and advice on the steps you can take to reduce those risks. At the end, you will receive a personalised fire safety action plan to help keep you and your household safe from fire.

Top Tips for Staying Safe

Where to fit a smoke alarm

  • every level of your home

  • away from kitchens or bathrooms where smoke/steam can accidentally set them off

  • approximately 30cm from the wall, on the ceiling

Maintaining a smoke alarm

  • weekly tests (press the button until the alarm sounds)

  • annual battery changes

  • replacing the alarm every 10 years

  • never disconnecting or removing batteries

  • keeping the alarm free from dust

Types of smoke alarm

  • standard battery operated alarms (this is the cheapest option)

  • an alarm with 10-year batteries (this is the best option for those who forget to change batteries annually)

  • hard-wired alarms powered by home power supply (required installation by a qualified electrician)

  • strobe light and vibrating pad alarms for those who are deaf/hard of hearing

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