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Hazard-ridden scene highlights potential dangers

04/11/2014

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A hazard-ridden scene depicting potential dangers that can be found in the homes of older and vulnerable people has been set up in a vacant Tamworth shop.

"We have created a scene that some people might consider to be quite shocking but, sadly, it is an accurate reflection of the conditions that some older and vulnerable residents experience on a daily basis." 

Phil Mulligan - Community Safety Officer in Tamworth

The eye-catching visual highlights some of the issues that have been found in the living rooms of some of the most at risk residents in the town.

A whole host of hazards feature in the display including clutter, newspapers and discarded cigarettes all of which are easily ignited. There is also an electrical heater which could pose a trip risk or a fire hazard if it is put close to curtains or used to dry clothes on.

Community Safety Officers are encouraging people to pop into the shop on Church Street, which Tamworth Borough Council is providing free of charge, to talk about the scene and receive advice on how to avoid falling foul of the possible dangers.

Shoppers who are concerned about older or vulnerable friends, relatives or neighbours can also ask for fire safety information and visitors can book a free Home Fire Risk Check during the drop-in sessions.

During the HFRC visits, crew members or trained technicians check every room in a property for potential fire hazards and speak to residents about their everyday behaviour in the home. Using this information, they try to identify anything that may increase the risk of a fire. They can also fit new smoke alarms.

The drop-in sessions will be held from 9am-1pm on the following dates:

•    Tuesday, November 11
•    Monday, November 17
•    Tuesday, November 25
•    Wednesday, December 3

Phil Mulligan, Community Safety Officer in Tamworth, said: “We have created a scene that some people might consider to be quite shocking but, sadly, it is an accurate reflection of the conditions that some older and vulnerable residents experience on a daily basis.

“We are keen to reach these people as well as their family and friends so that we can make a positive difference to their lives and improve safety in their homes. Lots of people walk past the shop on Church Street every day and I would encourage anyone who recognises aspects of their own living room, or that of someone they know, to pop in and talk to us. We will be on hand with help, information and advice and will also be taking bookings for Home Fire Risk Checks.”

To book a HFRC by calling Freephone 0800 0241 999, texting 07528 983101 or visiting www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/bookyourhfrc.asp