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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Firefighters Talk Fire Safety with Age UK

02/12/2011

Burton firefighters have spent this week speaking to a group of elderly Burton residents at the Age UK luncheon club about winter fire safety.

"It is really important for people to consider the elderly [during winter], who are often more likely to feel the cold and may be more reliant on portable heaters and open fires."

East Staffordshire Risk Reduction Officer, Jason Gardiner

The talks have been given to elderly people as part of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Older Persons campaign. The campaigns aim is to raise awareness of fire safety amongst older people and those who care for them.

Free Home Fire Risk Checks were also on offer and almost all of the people at the club have now booked their free visit.

East Staffordshire Risk Reduction Officer, Jason Gardiner said: "It is really important for people to consider the elderly, who are often more likely to feel the cold and may be more reliant on portable heaters and open fires.

"Older people may not realise they are at risk, particularly if they have long-standing habits such as drying clothes on heaters or smoking indoors – habits which could lead to a fire in the home.

"The talks we have carried out this week have hopefully educated the Age UK members in fire safety and we’ll be able to advise them further when we carry out their free Home Fire Risk Checks in the coming weeks.

"If you are elderly, or know of someone elderly who hasn’t received a free Home Fire Risk Check we’d urge you to get in touch on our freephone number 0800 0241 99, so we can arrange a visit by our firefighters or one of our technicians. A Home Fire Risk Check reduces the risk of a fire occurring and gives you that extra piece of mind."