Delivering Safe and Well Visits for those at highest risk

A Safe and Well Visit is a free service carried out by West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service. Visits are offered to people who are aged over 65 and to those who are considered to be at a particular risk. It involves a pre-arranged home visit to offer advice on how to make it safer and, where appropriate, fit smoke alarms or other specialist fire detection equipment free of charge.

December 2019 performance

Total from April 2019 to the end of December 2019 was 3150 slightly above the target of 3000 for the year to date.
The combined Q1, Q2 & Q3 figures are slightly lower than anticipated due to unplanned absence of several of the specialist staff who deliver the bulk of our high risk visits.  Recent recruitment for 3 additional specialists has been successful; all three new posts holders will be in place with effect from January 2020. There remains no backlog of visits and all visits yet to be completed are booked.
Our 2019-20 milestone target is 4000.
For 2018-19 a total of 4,175 high risk Safe & Well Visits were delivered, exceeding our 4,000 target. These had a key focus on fire prevention and fire safety in the home and wider contribution towards general safety, health and wellbeing. Over 4,500 pieces of smoke detection equipment were installed, and over 1,000 additional items such as smoker’s aprons and equipment to protect residents against arson were provided to residents.

Benefits of a visit

It combines the reduction of fire risk in the home with health and wellbeing referrals to partner agencies for extra support where appropriate. Visits are tailored to the specific needs of the household and normally last between 30-45 minutes. The fire service personnel who visit always carry identification.
To find out if your are eligible or request a Safe and Well Visit please use the following link

Smoke alarms

Buying and fitting smoke alarms could help you to save your home and the lives of your family. A smoke alarm (also known as a smoke detector ) is a device that detects fire in its early stages and gives a loud audible warning. To find out more about smoke alarms, please use the following link: