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Safe and Well - Are you an older person?

Safe and Well - Are you an older person?

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If you or someone you know is 70 years old or over, we can visit and make your home - or theirs - as safe as possible, giving greater peace of mind, and helping to keep independence, allowing people to live in their own homes as long as possible.

Top tips

  • Take steps to avoid slips trips and falls
  • Test smoke alarms regularly – they will give you the best chance of escaping safely if you have a fire.
  • Request a review of your prescriptions from your pharmacy or GP – especially if you are on five or more medicines.
  • Keep your kitchen clean and clutter free to reduce fire risk.
  • Using a kitchen timer is a good way of helping people to remember that something is cooking.

Get more help and support with living a safer life as an older person

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Follow our simple STEPS to feel ‘Safe and Well’

  • S is for SLIPS – Are there potential tripping hazards like loose carpets or misplaced cables?
  • T is for TEST – Is the smoke alarm working? Check this weekly. Do the batteries need replacing?   
  • E is for ELECTRICS – Can you spot any hazards like overloaded sockets?   
  • P is for POTS AND PANS – Does the oven or hob need a clean to reduce the risk of a fire in the kitchen?        
  • S is for SMOKING – Not smoking in the home is the best way of ensuring that children are not at risk of harm caused by tobacco smoke; however, if you do smoke, make sure you always fully stub out cigarettes.

How to book a FREE Safe and Well Visit

Call our Safe and Well Visit team on 0800 923 7000 during normal office hours, send us an email or apply online and we’ll aim to contact you within 10 working days.

Our home safety officers or firefighters will visit your home at a time convenient for you, and together with you will tailor the visit to suit your needs and the type of property you live in. A typical free visit takes around 45 minutes and includes the fitting of free smoke alarms where necessary, as well as vital advice to help you stay safe and well.

How to refer someone else for a Safe and Well Visit

If you have fire safety or other health concerns about anyone you know, you can make an enquiry to us – just click on the image above that reflects the person you may be thinking about to get advice on how they can stay safer – then if you think they need a visit - give us a call or request a call back.

Before you make that enquiry, please speak to the person in the first instance to make sure they're happy for us to contact them to arrange a visit in their home. You may want to suggest they visit our site first for further information, or they may want to contact us themselves.

If you're a carer for someone and you would like to book them in for a visit

Please call us on 0800 923 7000, or apply online, including your contact details as well as theirs. We will contact you first.

Partner agency referrals

If you are a partner agency making a referral for someone else, find out more about how we can help.

Meet the team

Please note: our staff always carry official identification and you can contact us to check that they are a genuine employee of Kent Fire and Rescue Service.

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