Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has today launched its Older Persons Campaign.
"We all know elderly people whether they be grandparents, parents, neighbours or friends – and we have a responsibility to ensure these people are safe from fire."
Head of Risk Reduction, Glynn Luznyj
The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of fire safety amongst older people and those who care for them. The campaign is being driven by the fact that in the last three years there have been 18 fire deaths involving elderly people.
Head of Risk Reduction, Glynn Luznyj said: “We’ll be running our campaign right through until March next year, as the majority of our fatal fires occur during these months.
“We all know elderly people whether they be grandparents, parents, neighbours or friends – and we have a responsibility to ensure these people are safe from fire. We’re asking people to think how they would feel if an elderly person they knew died in a fire, or had their home and life-long possessions lost in a house fire, knowing it could have been prevented if they’d received a free Home Fire Risk Check from us.
“It’s a really shocking fact that we’ve had 18 fire deaths over the last three years involving elderly people and unfortunately this reflects the trend of other years. Older people are less able to escape from fires and it is also worrying that unless something is done, the number of deaths from fire could increase, as our population becomes older and consequently more vulnerable to the risks from fire.”
The Service have produced a number of posters and leaflets targeted at both the elderly and those who care for them, to raise awareness of the importance of fire safety and booking a Home Fire Risk Check. The posters will be circulated to places where elderly people visit. Care associations, social care and health professionals and other organisations that help care for the elderly will also be targeted with the campaign message.
Firefighters will be out and about promoting the campaign throughout the winter months at events they will be attending.
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 travel in Service vehicles. Although checks to the elderly and vulnerable are prioritised, the service is open to everyone.