Page 5 - MF&RS Wirral Community Safety Plan
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Wirral













Wirral's elderly population is higher 

than the national average and is 


growing.




This group is particularly vulnerable 


to fire, with a large proportion of 

Wirral’s fire fatalities over the last 10 


years occurring within the over 70 

age group. Additionally, 34% of over 

65-year-olds live alone in Wirral, a 


factor which also increases fire risk.





There is also a higher prevalence of 

severe mental illness, alcohol and 


drug misuse in Wirral, and high 

incidence of fuel poverty and 

dementia. All of these issues increase 


risk of fire significantly in the home. 

Alcohol and mental health issues, 


however, are not isolated to the 

more deprived wards and a number 

of related, serious fires have 


occurred in more affluent areas in 

recent years, in particular in the 


homes of middle aged occupants 

who live alone.














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