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The older person’s Fire Safety campaign

Did you know that risk of dying in a fire for people over 65 is over twice as high as the average for all ages?

These risks increase dramatically if:

•    The older person lives alone,

•    If that person smokes or drinks.

•    Suffers from a physical and/or learning disability.

To help reduce this statistic a community safety team from the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service will be over the next three months be facilitating an older person’s campaign to make life safer for people over the age of 65 living in Hampshire.

Many fires deaths can be prevented by putting a few simple safety measures in place.

The older persons fire safety campaign seeks to make life safer for vulnerable people by asking the public to consider if they know an older person and raising awareness of basic life-saving fire safety measures we could all help them to maintain, such as a working smoke alarm in the home.

This campaign commenced on the 1st October 2014 and will run to the end of December 2014, the Fire Safety Service will be attending an number of events, giving home safety advice, with there new home safety literature and raising the awareness of older people in your local areas.

Check out our NFEX events pages regularly to find out where and when new Fire Safety events we will be and regular updates will also be posted on our Facebook and Twitter pages.If you would like some home safety advice or if you have home fire safety concerns about someone you know you can make a referral to Hampshire Fire Safety for a home safety visit.

In the meantime have a look at the new home safety booklet produced for Hampshire Fire and Rescue Services.

Extract from the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service.