Smoke and heat alarms can save lives. Every home should have alarms fitted on the ceiling in all areas of risk and should be tested regularly. However, vulnerable people might need different kinds of alarms to keep them safe. These might include:
Read on to learn more about specialist alarms and Telecare.
Heat alarms are best for kitchens and smoke alarms can be fitted in most other rooms except for the bathroom, as steam from the hot water could cause false alarms.
An alarm system that can help people to continue to live independently by allowing someone else – typically a call centre or a relative who lives elsewhere – to make sure a person is safe.
The NHS website has a good overview of what Telecare is and how it works – take a look.
Telecare systems should be linked to smoke alarms as standard. However, there are also some other areas of best practice that you should be aware of:
There is a separate page for healthcare equipment including oxygen therapy, dynamic airflow pressure relieving mattresses and incontinence products. There's information about emollient creams here, and specialist advice to support smokers here.
We can also provide more specialist advice based on the person you care for's home and individual needs during a home fire safety visit.
They can be arranged 24/7, and we even fit free smoke alarms if the person you care for needs them. Specialist alarms can also be fitted – for example, strobe light and vibrating pad alarms for those who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Find out more about home fire safety visits and book one for the person you care for.