Supporting Older People’s Day
Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) is supporting Older People's Day 2019, which takes place on 1 October.
Statistics show that the risk of dying in a fire for those aged 65 and over is more than twice as high as the average risk for all ages. With an ever-increasing older population – 23% of the UK will be aged 65 and over by 2035 – helping older people prevent fires and keep themselves safe in their homes is a growing part of the fire service's work.
Group Commander Mick Cadman from the HWFRS Community Risk department said: "HWFRS identifies those who are most at risk in their community. Many people who are over the age of 70 do not have smoke alarms fitted in their homes and even where there are alarms, a high proportion do not work properly.
“Specially trained technicians and fire crews can offer specialist advice, support and equipment to people who are hard of hearing, or who have mobility issues, or other age-related conditions, to make their homes safer.
"We work closely with partner agencies, including charities and healthcare providers, to share resources and expertise and deliver ‘joined up’ services to the local community to ensure that the most vulnerable are getting the help they need."
GC Cadman concluded: "Anyone who would like fire safety advice or want to know if they qualify for a free Safe and Well home fire safety check can contact the HWFRS Community Risk department on 0800 032 1155. We are here to help make sure your home is as fire safe as possible."