Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is hosting a ‘tea dance in the town’ on October 1st to celebrate Grandparents and UK Older People’s Day and to promote fire safety messages within the community.
"A main priority of ours in the approach to winter is fire safety amongst the elderly, in particular ensuring that our older members of the community have had their free Home Fire Risk Check."
Kelvin Knapper, Fire Safety Manager
The event will be held at the WRVS building in Charles Street, Hanley from 1pm – 3pm. Admission is £2 per person which includes a free raffle, tea, scones and dancing.
The Stoke Risk Reduction team will be dressed in comedy costumes, which older Stoke-on-Trent people will associate with ‘Owd Grandad Piggott’ and ‘May and Mar Lady’ and be on hand to offer people fire safety advice. The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress will also be in attendance and joining in the fun.
Kelvin Knapper, Fire Safety Manager at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "A main priority of ours in the approach to winter is fire safety amongst the elderly, in particular ensuring that our older members of the community have had their free Home Fire Risk Check.
"With the colder weather approaching, older people in particular will be getting out their electric blankets, using open, gas and electric fires and convector heaters, all of which can potentially pose a serious fire risk. Already this year we have had five fire deaths involving elderly people, four of these were during the winter months, which highlights the importance of reducing fire risks amongst older people. We will be on hand at the Tea Dance event to answer any questions anyone may have and offer free Home Risk Checks."
The Tea Dance event is part of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Older Person’s Campaign 2010. The aim of the campaign is to effectively promote fire safety for older persons, through encouraging older persons to be responsible for their own personal safety and for others to take care of older persons close to them or in the general community
A Home Fire Risk Check involves firefighters or a service technician visiting your home to give fire safety advice and fitting equipment such as smoke alarms to ensure you are safer in your home. The FREEPHONE number to ring to request a check is 0800 0241 999 and on ringing you will be able to arrange a mutually convenient time for the visit to take place. All Firefighters and Service Technicians carry an I.D card and will travel in Service vehicles. Although checks to the elderly and vulnerable are prioritised, the service is open to everyone.