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Thursday, June 16th, 2016

Vulnerable people at risk from fire – guidance for professionals and carers

Following the death of a 40 year old woman in Coventry in her own home, which was likely to have been cause from a dropped cigarette or cigarette ignition source Coventry Safeguarding Adults Board carried out an Adult Serious Case Review.

As a result of this review West Midlands Fire Service were asked to develop clear guidance and raise awareness around the responsibilities associated with identifying those most at risk from fire and the need for professional agencies to refer these individuals to West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS), and to work with them to develop appropriate safety plans.

West Midlands Fire Services have developed a comprehensive Guidance document for Professionals and Carers who work with Adults with Care and Support Needs.

The guidance is easy to use and follow and is a useful document to identify risk and vulnerability to fire.  There are also details on how to make a referral for a Safe and Well visit, and details of the equipment and adaptations that the fire service can provide.

Please share this guidance with your staff and volunteers who visit adults in their own homes.

This excellent document can be found on the SSAB Website:

If you are interested to read the Miss G Serious Case Review Executive Summary go to: