Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Fire Service shares home fire safety advice for carers

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service has thanked the county’s carers and has shared home fire safety advice to help protect vulnerable people in Essex.

In the UK, 1 in 8 adults (around 6.5 million people) are carers who are looking after family or friends in need of care.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, an additional 4.5 million people are caring for older, disabled or seriously ill relatives or friends.

Vulnerable people might not be able to respond to a fire or escape the home as quickly as others and could also be at a higher risk of fire due to the equipment they use.

The Service wants to make sure all Essex residents are as safe as possible and will fit free smoke alarms in any home that doesn’t have working smoke alarms on every level of the property.

Andrea MacAlister, Head of Community Safety said:

"We want to recognise and thank our carers across Essex who go above and beyond to look after some of the most vulnerable people in the county. We want to help keep people as safe as possible and urge all carers to consider their own home fire safety, as well as the safety in the homes of those they care for.  We are always happy to help, we can fit free smoke alarms and give tailored home fire safety advice for you and your family.

“If someone you care for doesn't have working smoke alarms or could benefit from our home safety advice, please book a visit online at or call us on 0300 303 0088."

The Service's Home Fire Safety team can fit sensory alarms and give home fire safety advice.

To book a free home fire safety visit for someone you care for, visit or call 0300 303 0088

The Service has a range of home fire safety advice on it’s website that covers the importance of having working smoke alarms, making an escape plan for a vulnerable person and fire safety around medical equipment.

If you care for a family member or friend or are a support worker, please read ECFRS’ advice here:

Support for all carers in Essex can be accessed via the Essex Welfare Service at or on 0300 303 0088.

Page last updated 12 June

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