We are delighted that Employers for Carers member, London Fire Brigade, have developed a Person Centred Risk Assessment (PCRA), designed to help Carers recognise the potential risks of fire.
Most fires in the home start accidentally and the effects can be devastating. It is important that Carers know how to reduce the chances of a fire starting in a homecare setting and how to keep vulnerable people and their property safe from fire.
With this in mind, the London Fire Brigade have developed a Person Centred Risk Assessment (PCRA). This is a set of simple questions designed to help carers – both unpaid and professionals (such as district nurses, GPs and live-in carers) to recognise when people may be at increased risk of having a fire, or of being unable to respond or escape if a fire should occur. If potential risks are identified, specialist advice can be sought from Fire Brigade staff who can suggest ways to minimise dangers. This could be by using flame-retardant bedding, portable sprinklers, telecare systems or signposting individuals to local services such as smoking cessation advice or other appropriate support groups.
The risk assessment, is available on the London Fire Brigade website here (and below), and can be incorporated as part of a formal care plan. It should form part of the initial assessment of a patient’s needs prior to leaving hospital or where a new client has been referred for homecare. It should also be repeated at regular intervals as part of a continuous assessment of a client’s needs as their condition and/or care requirements change over time. Informal carers can also use the PCRA to alert them to potential dangers which could make having a fire more likely, or prevent individuals from being able to escape.
Everyone who is being cared for at home should also have a Home Fire Safety Visit which is provided free of charge to London residents by the London Fire Brigade. This is easy to arrange online here or by calling 0800 028 44 28. Carers not living in London should contact their local fire service for advice on Home Fire Safety Visits.
Download the Risk Assessment below.