Fire station visitors mark Older Person's Day

Have a cuppa on us

Firefighters across Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) have been inviting older members of the community to learn about fire safety over a cup of tea.

A number of events were held at fire stations across the AF&RS area to mark Older Person’s Day on Tuesday 1 October.

Older members of the community visited their local fire station to meet firefighters and enjoy refreshments while they talked about fire safety and how to reduce the risk of fire in the home.

AF&RS Station Manager John Rides said: “Older people are one of the most ‘at risk’ groups when it comes to fire breaking out. Between 2012 and 2013 four out of the five people who died in accidental house fires in the Avon area were aged over 70 so it’s a group we certainly want to support as much as we can.”

“We hope that the events we have organised will mean we can meet some of those vulnerable people. We discussed some of the steps they can take to prevent a fire breaking out in their home, for example making sure they have a working smoke alarm and that they test it regularly.”

During the events those attending were given teabags to take away. They were asked to share a cup of tea with a friend or family member to pass on the fire safety tips they gained from the event.

Advice included:

  • The majority of accidental house fires start in the kitchen. Avoid getting distracted and leaving cooking unattended.
  • Smoke alarms provide vital early warning of a fire, allowing you to get out in safety. Only a working smoke detector can save your life so check the batteries every week or ask someone else to check for you.
  • Plan and rehearse an escape route that you could even follow in darkness or thick smoke.

If you would like more advice please contact Avon Fire & Rescue Service for a free Home Fire Safety Visit. Firefighters will provide you with practical help and advice about safety in your home and fit free smoke alarms if required. Please call 0117 926 2061 to request a visit.