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Fire Service supports Carers Week 2017

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This Carers Week (12 - 18 June) Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) is reaching out to local carers and reminding them that help is available to keep them, and the people they care for, safe from fire.

There are around 6.5 million carers in the UK, looking after older, seriously ill or disabled family and friends and fire safety is yet another worry for them.

Station Commander Stuart Crebbin, HWFRS said: 'Carers Week helps the public to understand more about caring, highlights the challenges carers face and celebrates the contribution carers make to their families and communities throughout the UK. There is a lot of help available for carers to make sure that they and their loved ones are protected – be it simple safety advice over the phone or on our website'.

'The simplest thing any carer can do to prevent fire in their home is to make a few easy additions to their normal routine. Testing your loved one's smoke alarms weekly and planning an escape route could help give them the vital extra seconds they need to get out in a fire. Simple steps such as closing doors at night and avoiding overloaded plug sockets will help reduce the risk in their home'.

He continued: 'A variety of specialist safety equipment is also available - vibrating smoke alarms for the hard of hearing, and linked alarm systems are just a few options to help you feel safer'.

Station Commander Crebbin finally said: 'If you are a carer and would benefit from a free Home Fire Safety Check then give us a call on 0800 032 1155 quoting reference NEWS to see if you would qualify for a check. We are here to help make sure your home is as fire safe as possible'.

For more information please visit www.hwfire.org.uk or follow us on Twitter @HWFireSafety