Residents across Rother are being asked to adopt a Bedtime Check routine by firefighters as East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service marks Ageing Safely Week and UK Older People’s Day this autumn.
Run by the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA), Ageing Safely Week takes place from 29 September to 5 October 2014, with UK Older People’s Day 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. And 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.
Paul Evans, Rother Borough Commander, said: “We have more than 12,000 older, retired residents in Rother – with Bexhill, Battle and Rye among the most popular areas for them to settle. Many are active and well able to look after themselves and we hope that our advice will help them stay that way. We also want to help those who are less able to make their homes safer from fire on their own, so if you know someone who may need extra support, please get in touch.”
People living in and around Rother are being encouraged people to adopt a simple Bedtime Check to help avoid having a fire while they are asleep – and to spread the word to family, friends and neighbours.
- Turn off and unplug electrical appliances unless they are designed to be left on.
- Turn off the washing machine.
- Turn heaters off and put up fireguards.
- Put candles and cigarettes out properly.
- Make sure exits are kept clear.
- Close inside doors at night.
- Check cooker is off.
- Keep keys where everybody knows.
A poster can be found on our website at: http://www.esfrs.org/communitySafety/ageingasafelyWeek.shtml
Home Safety Visits
Rother firefighters and volunteers can also visit the homes of people who are at most risk of fires – and in special cases fit smoke alarms.
Please contact us to find out more:
Tel: 0800 177 7069