Older people get safety message from firefighters

Home Fire Safety VisitFirefighters in Bath & North East Somerset have been marking Ageing Safely Week by meeting older members of the community to talk to them about fire safety and the importance of working smoke alarms.

Throughout Ageing Safely Week, which runs from Monday 29 September to Sunday 5 October, firefighters joined Bath & North East Somerset Council’s Public Protection and Health Improvement Service for a series of electric blanket testing sessions.

They also visited sheltered accommodation complexes and other community events to talk to older people about the importance of fire safety and to encourage people to book a Home Fire Safety Visit.

Avon Fire & Rescue Service Station Manager, Martyn Bolt, said: “A free Home Fire Safety Visit from Avon Fire & Rescue Service can provide members of the public with the peace of mind that they have taken steps to reduce the risk of fire in their homes.

“As part of Ageing Safely Week we particularly want to promote this service to older people as over half of all those who die in accidental fires in the home are aged 65 or over.

“Firefighters visit homes to offer fire safety advice tailored to the occupant and fit free smoke alarms, if required.”

Firefighters will also be highlighting the importance of working smoke alarms and ensure the batteries are tested regularly.

Station Manager Bolt said: “We would encourage everyone to ensure they have working smoke alarms on every level of their home and to check the batteries are working regularly.

“A smoke alarm provides an early warning to a fire and gives occupants time to escape, especially at night, but only if the alarms are working.

“Just two or three breaths of toxic smoke from a fire is enough to cause you to lose consciousness, so giving everyone in your home as much time to escape is vital.”

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