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Helping People
A week of action was held by our Service to help to keep elderly people safe from fire in their homes.
Staff were out in force carrying out Home Fire Safety Checks, fitting smoke alarms and hosting community events aimed at people over 65 as part of the Chief Fire Officers Association’s (CFOA) Ageing Safely Week.
More than 1,750 homes were targeted on Wednesday, October 1, as part of UK Older People’s Day, which was held during the week of action, which ran until October 5.
The public were also encouraged to check on elderly relatives and neighbours to ensure they have working smoke alarms on each floor of their home.
Statistics show that the risk of dying in a fire for those aged over 65 years old is more than twice as high as the average for all ages. With an ever increasing older population - 23% of the population in the UK will be aged 65 and over by 2035. MF&RS is
responding by shaping its Home Safety Strategy to help older people prevent fires and keep them safe in their homes.
Prevention and Protection Area Manager Myles Platt said:
“MF&RS has focused its resources on older people during Ageing Safely Week, particularly during Older People’s Day where we engaged with over 800 elderly people of which 42 required further interventions due to them being identified as being at a high risk of fire in the home.
Pilates session for seniors at the Fire Fit Hub led by Paula Muldoon.
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More than 70 staff from various departments at our Service Headquarters volunteered to assist firefighters and community prevention advocates in carrying out Home Fire Safety Checks (HFSCs) and visits to homes of
elderly people on the day.
During the week, district prevention teams and firefighters also visited sheltered accommodation, attended community events aimed at elderly people and organised activities including a pilates for seniors at the Toxteth Fire Fit Hub, which was led by personal trainer Paula Muldoon.
Ageing safely talks were also held throughout the week, offering advice on how to stay safe from fires in the home, as well as information on safe heating in the winter and highlighting the importance of having working smoke alarms fitted correctly.
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