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Home Fire Risk Checks

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You might be surprised to learn that although wethey go to hundreds of house fires every year, they also visit thousands of homes where there isn't a fire! This is because Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service is supporting a national initiative to offer free Home Fire Risk Checks to anyone who would like one.

What are they?

A Home Fire Risk Check is a basic assessment of the fire risks in your home, carried out by their staff.

It takes about 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the size of the house. They will need you to be present to answer a few questions for them.

What happens when the check is completed?

Their staff will offer you fire safety advice, based on any potential fire risks that they may have identified during the check. You may also ask them any fire safety questions you may have.

If they think you need them, their staff will also fit as many smoke alarms as they think necessary. They currently provide British Standard smoke alarms with a sealed battery that should last 10 years in normal use.

As an option in certain premises, they may fit heat detectors. Their staff will ask you to sign an indemnity form for any alarms that they fit. By signing this you accept the responsibility for maintaining the alarms they have provided.

Is there a waiting list?

Your local station will contact you to arrange an appointment convenient for you. There is a waiting list for this popular service, which varies depending on the time of year. Thank you for your patience!

How much does this all cost?

The Home Fire Risk Check, and any alarms we provide and fit during that check, are entirely FREE.

How do I request a Home Fire Risk Check?

By telephone – contact the Community Safety Team Administrator on 01296 744477

By e-mail –

Or look out for our Home Fire Risk Check leaflet coming through your door!

Alarms for hearing impaired people

If you are deaf or hard of hearing you may well not be able to hear the smoke alarms that they fit during Home Fire Risk Checks. If that is the case they can still help provide you with an appropriate smoke alarm system. They will, with your consent, pass your details to Action on Hearing Loss who will arrange a hearing assessment for you. Subject to the results of that assessment, they will loan you a special smoke alarm system which is suitable for your needs.

The Fire Service have issued some leaflets concerning fire dangers at home.  Click below for access to these leaflets.

Smoking Dangers

Fire Alarms