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Hundreds of older people benefit from HFRCs

12/02/2015

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Firefighters and trained technicians carried out more than 230 Home Fire Risk Checks (HFRCs) in the homes of older people as part of a high profile campaign.

"This dedicated drive has been incredibly successful with more than 200 households with older residents benefiting from expert advice, new smoke alarms and general home safety checks. These visits are vitally important as they can highlight potentially hazardous situations that residents may not be aware of." 

Head of Risk Reduction Jim Bywater

The Service focussed on residents aged 65 and over from Monday, January 26 to Friday, January 30 when they carried out the free safety boosting visits.

The dedicated safety drive, which formed part of the Older People’s campaign, saw 83 HFRCs completed in the east of the county, 77 in the north and 72 in the west.

Statistics show that the majority of people who lose their live in accidental house fires are over 65, while those over the age of 80 are 10 times more likely to die in a fire than those aged 30.

Head of Risk Reduction Jim Bywater said: “This dedicated drive has been incredibly successful with more than 200 households with older residents benefiting from expert advice, new smoke alarms and general home safety checks. These visits are vitally important as they can highlight potentially hazardous situations that residents may not be aware of.

“I would urge anyone who has not had a free Home Fire Risk Check to contact us and book one in as soon as possible. Also, if you are aware of someone who may benefit from a visit, do not hesitate to call us. A simple phone call could save their life.”

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.

For more information on the fire and rescue service’s Older People’s campaign visit http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/1327.asp

People can call 0800 0241 999 to book a free HFRC either for themselves or for someone they know.