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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Free Home Fire Risk Check for Christmas

06/12/2011

Residents in Staffordshire are being encouraged to look out for elderly relatives, friends and neighbours this Christmas by ensuring they’ve had their free Home Fire Risk Check from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

 

“If you are elderly, or know 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 technicians. A Home Fire Risk Check reduces the risk of a fire occurring and gives that extra piece of mind.”

Head of Risk Reduction, Ian Sloss.

The Service is running its older person’s campaign once again this year to raise awareness of fire safety amongst older people and those who care for them. Two older people died in house fires in the two weeks leading up to Christmas last year.

Head of Risk Reduction, Ian Sloss said: “In particular at this time of the year it’s really important to consider the elderly, who are often more likely to feel the cold and may be more reliant on portable heaters and open fires.

“If you are elderly, or know 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 technicians. A Home Fire Risk Check reduces the risk of a fire occurring and gives that extra piece of mind.”

Staffordshire residents are also encouraged to help out elderly relatives, friends and neighbours where possible to make sure they are safe this winter.

Ian added: “Even if people can simply pop over to their grandma or elderly neighbour’s house and test that their smoke alarms work you could ultimately save that person’s life.

“Older people can’t always test their smoke alarms themselves, and may even need a specialist alarm if they’re hard of hearing or partially sighted. If anyone has any concerns about an older person, they can call us on 0800 0241 999 and we can arrange a visit to their house to check on their concerns in relation to fire safety and give the relevant advice. ”