COVID: Prevention


Should we be scaling down or ceasing prevention work? Especially safe and well/home safety visits/school visits? By their very nature, safe and well visits are likely to bring staff into contact with older people who are at a higher risk.

We have developed an NFCC Strategic Intention on home safety visits, as part of our overall positon statement

This states: 

As part of the Government’s response to COVID-19 the Fire & Rescue Service should adopted a risk-based approach to their Home Safety Checks Safe & Well Visit. This action is taken in order to avoid the spread of COVID-19 to vulnerable groups. The Government’s definition of vulnerable groups includes those who are:

The non-exhaustive list of premises/people include those individuals identified as being a very high fire risk, including those at risk of:
  • Arson Deliberate Fire
  • Hate Crime
  • Domestic Violence
  • Post Fire Incident
  • Assured Health or Social Care Referral for heightened fire risk (including hospital discharge, mental health, substance use and hoarding etc)

Therefore, we are suggesting services restrict and/or adapt prevention activity to avoid the potential spread of the virus. As such services are encouraged to consider what control measures and/or mitigations they can put in place to minimise the risk of spread whilst protecting the public.

It is important to consider your local area, cases reported, and plan based on this – in line with your Local Resilience forum. Very high-risk work, such as: hate crime, domestic violence, hoarding etc should continue.

NFCC Home Safety Committee in collaboration with the Home Office, Fire Kills campaign team have created two resources for people that may not be able or want to access information via social media or the internet. We are working with Fire and Rescue Service to ensure this information reaches higher risk people in their homes. 

NFCC Fire Kills Leaflet (PDF Download) 

NFCC Fire Kills double sided flyer (PDF Download)

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 Updated March 20th, 2020