IF you’re worried about the safety of your home from fire, then why not get a free fire safety check from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service.

You can also arrange visits for neighbours or relatives you care for on their behalf with their permission.

DSFRS area manager Neil Blackburn said: “No one should be worried about calling us for help or on behalf of a person they know or care for.

“We can arrange to visit people’s homes to give advice that will help make them safer, including the fitting of smoke alarms free of charge.

“But if we don’t know where they are or their circumstances, we can’t help them.

“That’s why we’re asking for the public’s help. If you’re worried about a family member, friend or neighbour, ask if you can call us on their behalf and we will be pleased to help.”

When one or more social factors such as living alone, poor mobility, drinking alcohol or smoking are combined, the person is considered to be at a higher risk of experiencing a serious fire.

Mr Blackburn added: “We’re encouraging people to keep an eye out for their neighbours.

“If you hear a smoke alarm sounding, don’t ignore it, check from the outside for signs of fire and try to alert the occupier. If you’re concerned about their welfare, call 999.”

To request free home safety advice, call Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service free on 0800-0502999.