I went to a meeting of the Wickham Market and District Carers’ group today, where, yet again, we were treated to the most brilliant and useful talk. This time it was from FACT (Fire and Carers Together).
The Suffolk FACT scheme is a free service in Suffolk for family carers and vulnerable people with additional needs who might find it difficult to leave their home, or understand when they should leave their home, or know how to leave their home, in the event of a fire. As you can see, it gives essential information.
How does it work? Basically, Suffolk Family Carers works in partnership with Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service to assist family carers and vulnerable people to prevent fire in their homes. Fire safety officers will come out to your home, and provide a very specific home fire safety check on site, and then give you advice – and appropriate (free) equipment if it is needed. By registering with FACT, you – and those you care for – will learn how to prevent fire in the home – and will be helped to prevent it.
And more – FACT can give you a (free) listing on their an emergency database at the Fire Control and Command Room . This alerts them to people with special needs or requirements should there be a fire on the property and will help them prioritise rescue.
We in Suffolk can be proud that FACT is the first scheme of its kind in the country.
So far, FACT has registered a great many people in Suffolk, and has also provided over 800 home fire safety checks. Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service has fitted many fire alarms, including sensory alarms (ones that can alert people with hearing difficulties).
Carers: there is no charge for this service… so please, please, make the most of it!