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Home Fire Safety Checks

The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service offer local residents free Home Fire Safety Checks. These checks provide advice to residents on general fire safety awareness, smoke alarms and escape routes. To apply for a free home fire safety check, complete the application form provided in the forms tab above. Please note: All applications will be responded to but we prioritise the allocation of Home Fire Safety Checks to correlate with target groups that our data identifies as being considered to be at higher risk from accidental dwelling fires. These groups are:

  • Lone pensioners;
  • people with long term illness;
  • single parents;
  • rented accommodation (private and housing association);
  • homes of multiple occupancy by more than one household and more than two people which may include bedsits, shared houses and some self-contained flats.

The leaflets below are available to download or print:

Fire safety when Celebrating
Fire Safety in the Home
Fire Safety for People with Sight and Mobility Difficulties
Fire - Make your Home Safe
Fire Safety for Parents and Child Carers
Fire Safety in Shared or Rented Accommodation

For further fire safety advice please click on the links below:

Click here for Thatch Fire Safety Advice

Click here for Fire Safety Advice

Electrical Safety in the Home, Industry and Business

An increasing amount of the fires attended by the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service are caused by electrical faults.  This may be due to the numbers of appliances and equipment now present in our homes and businesses since the beginning of the electronic age and advancement in modern technology.  Advice and guidance, as well as current news and real life stories, can be found on the Electrical Safety Councils website through the following link.

Click here to go to the Electrical Safety Council website

The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service insist that electrical safety is treated seriously - where in doubt consult a qualified electrical engineer.

Overloading Sockets Calculator

The Electrical Safety Council have produced an interactive socket overload calculator to illustrate whether you may be overloading your electrical sockets.  Please click on the link below to use the calculator:



Carbon Monoxide Awareness 

Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning can be fatal or cause permanent damage to your health.  CO is produced when carbon fuels don't burn completely.  It has no smell or taste and, in large quantities, it can kill very quickly.

Click here for information on CO poisoning when camping

Click here for information on CO poisoning in the home

Click here for information on who qualifies for free checks

Click here to view the CO Awareness website