Monday, 29 September 2014

Electric blankets get the once over as Brighton firefighters support Ageing Safely Week

Brighton & Hove’s free electric blanket testing service is back again for three days in October 2014. The initiative is part of efforts by Brighton firefighters to keep local people safe in their homes, and 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.

Blanket testing

Last year's events resulted in 184 blankets tested, with 22% failing to meet safety standards. The sessions also provide an opportunity to get friendly advice and information on home safety, home security, fire prevention and local services.

The blanket testing programme is co-ordinated by Brighton & Hove City Council, in partnership with East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, Trading Standards and Adult Social Care.

City Commander for East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service, Mark Matthews, said: “We are working with our partner agencies to deliver this important service to our local communities. We are particularly keen to reach out to vulnerable groups including older people, people with low mobility, and those on low incomes. 

“Brighton and Hove residents can come and get their blanket checked for free by a qualified electrician. It's very important that people store their blankets properly all year-round. However, by offering this service in October, we can make sure those tested are suitable to be used over the coming winter months.”

Brighton & Hove residents, are asked to book an appointment on their preferred date and venue by contacting Donna Lynsdale, Brighton & Hove City Council, Tel: 01273 292494. 

Those people are unable to travel to these sessions, are also invited to contact Donna Lynsdale on the above number to see if a collection can be arranged for their blanket.

Monday 20th October

Preston Circus Fire Station
London Road, Brighton, BN1 4NZ
9.00am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 4.30pm

Tuesday 21st October

Hove Town Hall
Norton Road. Hove, BN3 4AH
9.00am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 4.30pm

Wednesday 22nd October

Roedean Fire Station
Roedean Road, Brighton, BN2 5RA
9.00am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 4.30pm

Home safety visits

Residents in the City of Brighton and Hove may be eligible for a home safety visit. These are a way for East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service to provide people with important information on safety in their home, escape plans and what to do in case of fire. In special cases, the Service will even fit free smoke alarms.  Please contact us to find out more.

Tel: 0800 177 7069

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