Home counseling on fire safety

The desire of the Estonian Rescue Board is to help people to make their homes more fireproof and thus reduce the number of fires in residential buildings.

The purpose of the home counseling is to check the fire safety situation in the home together with the owner and give advice to people.

For this purpose, volunteers and professional rescuers will come to the homes of people. Rescuers may occur at everybody’s door, but close cooperation is being made with local authorities and other partners in order to reach the people in need of help. It also does not hurt if you yourself notify the Information Line of Rescue Service 1524 or to a local government of a home in need of help. Certainly, no obvious danger signs - drinking and smoking in the room, broken heating elements, lack of electricity or smoke detector - should be ignored. By notifying of the danger, you show that you care about yourself and your community.

The Estonian Rescue Board councils on fire safety and helps to identify the hazards, but the ultimate responsibility for the safety of the home remains for the person themselves. The purpose of counseling is not to check or penalize a person.

Rescuers performing home counseling wear clothing with the insignia of the Estonian Rescue Board and provide a certificate of employment with the hologram of the Estonian Rescue Board. A person has the opportunity to check the people performing home counseling on the basis of the number of the certificate of employment by calling the number 1524. As a rule, home fire safety counseling is carried out with the red rescue vehicles of the Estonian Rescue Board during the day from 10:00 to 20:00

Counseling usually lasts 20 to 30 minutes. Counseling is provided throughout the year, more during the cold period and less during the summer period.

During the home counseling we:

  • review the safety outside the home (campfire sites, barbecues, ponds, wells, garbage storage, access to operational vehicles, dangerous trees, etc.)
  • review the condition of the heating elements;
  • check for the presence, location and operational status of the smoke detector;
  • review the safe use of electrical equipment;
  • review the use of open fire (candles, cooking, access of children to matches, etc.);
  • assess the behavioral habits of people that can create danger (smoking, maintenance and safe use of heating elements, etc.);
  • if necessary, draw attention to other hazards (water bodies around the house, escape routes, behavior in case of fire, the presence of basic fire extinguishing equipment, etc.)