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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Service Supports Lifestyle Project

Newcastle firefighters are supporting a drive by health chiefs to encourage residents to improve their lifestyles.

Crews will be attending a Health MOT event being held at Milehouse Primary Care Centre on Thursday, February 18th.

"We want to take every possible opportunity to raise awareness of fire safety in the home and how people can protect themselves and loved ones."

Mick Daniels, Assistant Area Commander, Newcastle

Firefighters will be handing out leaflets and information on all aspects of fire safety, alongside a specially mounted fire safety display.

They will also take the opportunity to speak to people about fire hazards in the home in a bid to have them book a Home Fire Risk Check.

This is a FREE service supplied by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service where staff visit homes to carry out a risk assessment of the property and fit, where necessary, equipment like smoke alarms to increase safety.

Assistant Area Commander for Newcastle, Mick Daniels, said: "In the wake of recent events in the town, including the tragic death of a 79-year-old woman in a house fire, we want to take every possible opportunity to raise awareness of fire safety in the home and how people can protect themselves and loved ones.

"A big part of improving your lifestyle involves improving your patterns of behaviour and your attitude to things.

"If you have a positive attitude to fire safety and behave accordingly, it can help to save lives."

The FREEPHONE number people should ring to request a FREE Home Fire Risk Check is 0800 0241 999. Callers can arrange a mutually convenient time for the visit to take place. All firefighters and Service Technicians carry I.D cards and travel in Service vehicles.

Although checks to the elderly and vulnerable are prioritised, the service is open to everyone.

Next week's Health MOT event has been organised by NHS North Staffordshire.

A spokesman for the organisation said: "This event is aimed at everyone, young and old, healthy or otherwise.

"The aim is to help people look at their lifestyles and make adaptations to become healthier, add years to life and quality to those years.

"Ordinarily these events are attended by the elderly but by changing the timing to an afternoon we are expecting to see a broader range of the public come along.

"They can drop in and get information about all aspects of health."