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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Helping Vulnerable People

A drive to carry out fire assessments at the homes of vulnerable people has led to the completion of nearly 400 visits across the county.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has supported the county council in ploughing resources into identifying people aged 65 and over who are most at risk from experiencing fire-related injuries.

"These home fire risk checks are vital in helping to protect older people in their own homes."

Matthew Ellis, County Councillor

Previous incidents showed that older people were more likely to harm themselves in this way, with the highest number of deaths happening in this age range.

The home fire risk check is free and involves firefighters or a service technician visiting people in their own home to give fire safety advice, discuss escape routes and also fit free life-saving equipment such as smoke alarms and fire guards to help keep them safe from harm.

County Councillor Matthew Ellis, Cabinet Member for Adults and Wellbeing, said: "These home fire risk checks are vital in helping to protect older people in their own homes.

|"By looking at our database, we've been able to proactively identify who is at risk and then contact them to arrange a visit and equip them with all the advice and kit they need to prevent any incidents of this nature."

Director of Safer Communities for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service Bob Russell said: "The people who have services provided by the county council are often some of the most vulnerable in our community.

"A massive 84% of fire deaths in our county since 2007 have involved those aged 65+, which highlights why it is so important for us to protect these people in their homes.

"Previously if we didn't know about these people we couldn't help them, where as now we have all the details we need to get in touch.

"What we will never know is the number of lives we are saving as a result of the safety measures we're putting in place and the advice we're giving out."

Anyone who has not yet been contacted and thinks they would benefit from a fire assessment, or knows someone who would, should contact Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service on freephone: 0800 0241 999.