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Ageing Safely Week 2014

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The week will see Fire and Rescue Services across the country delivering messages to help keep older people safe.

Ageing Safely Week, running for the first time this year, has been scheduled to run in conjunction with UK Older People's Day which is taking 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 – activities to help older people prevent fires and keep themselves safe are likely to form a growing part of the fire service's work over the coming years.

Station Commander Alan Haley, Community Safety said: "HWFRS identify those who are most at risk in their community, and undertake targeted prevention and protection activities to help them stay safe. In the year 2012 – 13, Fire service staff carried out nearly 4000 home fire safety checks (HFSCs) to households where there are vulnerable people. Over 2000 of these were households with a person over the age of 70 years".

He continued: "This is just a small part of the work that the fire service does with older people. We work closer with partner agencies to share resources and expertise and deliver integrated services to the local community to ensure that those most vulnerable are getting the help they need".

CFOA President Peter Dartford said: "CFOA Ageing Safely Week gives Fire and Rescue Services the opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to protecting older people, particularly those who are vulnerable and may be most at risk".

Finally, Station Commander Haley said "Anyone unsure about the alarm they need should contact the Community Safety department for advice and to see if they would qualify for a free Home Fire Safety Check on 0800 032 1155. We are here to help make sure your home is as fire safe as possible."