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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

A Fire Safety Landmark

25,000th home fire risk check
Landmark reached

Stone couple Joyce and Edward Goodwin have created a little slice of history.

The couple have received the 25,000th Home Fire Risk Check provided by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service since the scheme was launched to mark the introduction of the organisation’s 0800 team in November 2008.

"Smoke alarms are important because they provide early warning of a fire and can give you up to 15 extra minutes to get out"

Edward-James Goodwin

Technician Ian Miller visited their Airdale Road home to conduct the inspection and fit two new smoke alarms.

"We are safety conscious anyway and wherever we are, at home or away, we always plan our escape route in case something happens," said Joyce, 71.

Edward added: "Smoke alarms are important because they provide early warning of a fire and can give you up to 15 extra minutes to get out."

In October the Service launched its Young at Heart, Safe at Home campaign. The initiative intends to raise awareness of fire safety among the elderly and those who care for them. #

The campaign is driven by statistics which reveal 81 per cent of all fire deaths in Staffordshire since 2007 have involved people aged 65 and over.

Mark Wilson, Health and Safety Manager for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: Young at Heart, Safe at Home encourages people to book a free Home Fire Risk Check.

"This involves us visiting homes to fit, where necessary, equipment like smoke alarms which will increase people's safety."

The FREEPHONE number to ring to request a check is 0800 0241 999. callers can 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.