Volunteers from East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service are heading to The Good Life Show, with Eastbourne Seniors’ Forum and Age Concern Eastbourne.
The free event takes place on Wednesday 1 October, from 10am - 3pm at the Floral Hall, Winter Gardens, Compton Street, Eastbourne BN21 4BP.
It comes as East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service marks Ageing Safely Week and UK Older People’s Day this autumn.
Run by the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA), Ageing Safely Week takes place from 29 September to 5 October 2014, with UK Older People’s Day on 1 October.
Statistics show that the risk of dying in a fire for those aged 65 and over is more than twice as high as the average risk for all ages. And with an ever-increasing older population – 23% of the UK will be aged 65 and over by 2035 – activities to help older people prevent fires and keep themselves safe are likely to form a growing part of the fire service’s work over the coming years.
Eastbourne Borough Commander Dave Sheppard said: “Eastbourne is popular with all ages but we know that it is a particularly attractive as a place to retire. While many people remain active and well able to look after themselves, we know that we also have residents who are more vulnerable to fire because of factors such as mobility issues or dementia. We’ll be at the Good Life Show to provide information people need to keep themselves and their friends and family safe in their homes.”
What you can do to help stay safe
Smoke alarms really do save lives. Fit them on every level of your home and test them regularly.
Find out more about smoke alarms here: http://www.esfrs.org/communitySafety/advice/smokeAlarms.shtml
Adopt our Bedtime Check and encourage family, friends and neighbours to adopt it too:
- Turn off and unplug electrical appliances unless they are designed to be left on.
- Turn off the washing machine.
- Turn heaters off and put up fireguards.
- Put candles and cigarettes out properly.
- Make sure exits are kept clear.
- Close inside doors at night
- Check cooker is off.
- Keep keys where everybody knows.
Home Safety Visits
Eastbourne firefighters and volunteers can also visit the homes of people who are at most risk of fires – and in special cases fit smoke alarms.
Please contact us to find out more.
Tel: 0800 177 7069