Monday, 29 September 2014

Make time for a Bedtime Check and stay safe

A simple Bedtime Check could save your life according to East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service.

The Service is promoting the simple routine to mark 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 today (29 September) until Sunday (5 October 201, 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.

Bedtime Check

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service is encouraging people to adopt a simple Bedtime Check to help avoid having a fire while you are asleep – and to spread the word to family, friends and neighbours.

Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive of ESFRS Des Prichard said: “The most important thing is to have a working smoke alarm on every level of the home. This gives you an early warning if a fire starts so you can get out safely, giving us the best chance of putting it out quickly before it causes too much damage. Even a small fire can leave a home uninhabitable – smoke and soot can get everywhere and is difficult to remove.

So we want to help you reduce the risk of fires in the first place. Our Bedtime Check poster can be printed out from our website and put up to help remind you – or someone you know - of what to do.”

  • 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.

The poster can be found on our website at:

Home safety visits

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service also offers specialist help.

Neal Robinson, Head of Community Risk Management, said: “If you believe you or someone you know is at greater risk of a fire in the home due to factors such as a lack of mobility, drug or alcohol use, dementia or smoking, we can help.

"Our Home Safety Visits are a way for us to provide members of our community with important information on safety in their home, escape plans and what to do in case of fire. Our specially trained staff visit hundreds of homes every year in East Sussex and Brighton and Hove City to give free advice and support."

In special cases, we will even fit free smoke alarms. Please contact us to find out more.”

Tel: 0800 177 7069

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