Hastings firefighters are urging local people to adopt a Bedtime Check routine to keep their homes and themselves safe.
It comes as the 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.
Nigel Cusack, Hastings Borough Commander, said: “We know there are around 5,500 older, retired people in our area. Many are well able to look after themselves, others need extra help.
We want to do all we can to keep people safe in their homes. Simple things can make a huge difference to reducing the risk of fires. For example if you’re a smoker or live with a smoker, check cigarettes are stubbed out properly. If you’re cooking, don’t leave it unattended. And fit smoke alarms to make sure that you have an early warning to get out and stay out if the worst happens.”
People living in and around Hastings 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.
ü Turn off and unplug electrical appliances unless they are designed to be left on.
ü Turn off the washing machine.
ü Turn heaters off and put up fireguards.
ü Put candles and cigarettes out properly.
ü Make sure exits are kept clear.
ü Close inside doors at night.
ü Check cooker is off.
ü Keep keys where everybody knows.
A poster can be found on our website at: http://www.esfrs.org/communitySafety/ageingasafelyWeek.shtml
Home Safety Visits
Hastings 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:
From 0900hrs to 1430hrs please call 01323 462180 or 0800 177 7069 at other times.