Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging all elderly and vulnerable people throughout East Staffordshire to book a free home fire risk check, if they have not already received one.
Elderly and vulnerable residents in East Staffs will be soon receiving a letter from the local council informing them about how they can get help putting their weekly bin collections out.
A home fire risk check involves a firefighter or service technician visiting members of the public in their homes to give free fire safety information and fit life saving equipment such as smoke alarms.
Although checks to the elderly and vulnerable are prioritised, the service is open to anyone in the county.
Area Commander, Mick Archer states: "We are less than half way through the first month of 2010 and already the Service has experienced its first fatality involving a vulnerable person.
"Our figures show that it is elderly and vulnerable people around the county who are most exposed to the risk of fire in their homes.
"For this reason they are the heart of all safety work carried out by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue and is why we urge them to book their free home fire risk check as soon as possible."