A person-centred fire risk assessment is a comprehensive evaluation conducted by the scheme manager in sheltered and extra care housing to assess the fire risk for each customer and determine their ability to respond and evacuate in the event of a fire. This assessment is based on guidance provided by the National Fire Chiefs Council, which aims to ensure the safety of individuals living in specialised housing.

If you've moved into a sheltered or extra care housing scheme that we manage, once you have settled into your home, your scheme manager will schedule a meeting with you in your residence to conduct a thorough risk assessment. This assessment considers various factors and potential risks related to fire safety. The purpose is to identify any areas of concern or vulnerabilities specific to your situation. Based on the assessment findings, appropriate measures and safeguards will be put in place to mitigate these risks.

The person-centred fire risk assessment takes into account individual needs and circumstances. For instance, if you have impaired hearing and may not be able to hear the fire alarm, special measures such as vibrating pillows or flashing alarms may be provided to ensure you are alerted in case of an emergency.

It is important to regularly review and update the risk assessment. Depending on the level of risk identified, the assessment will be revisited and reviewed with you every one to three years. This ensures that any changes in your circumstances or needs are taken into consideration and that the safety measures remain effective and appropriate.

It is also important to recognise that, similar to any residential building with multiple units, there is an interdependency between customers. Actions taken by one resident can impact others, and vice versa. Conducting a risk assessment with all residents helps create a safer living environment for everyone in the housing scheme.

The person-centred fire risk assessment approach demonstrates a commitment to individual safety and tailored support, taking into account the specific needs and circumstances of each customer to ensure their wellbeing in case of a fire or emergency situation.