Firefighters help older residents tackle loneliness and prevent house fires


Release date: 5 September 2019

Tea and Tips are being served up at some of West Sussex’s fire stations this autumn in a bid to help reduce house fires. 

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service (WSFRS) firefighters are inviting residents aged 65 years and over to join them for the Tea and Tips sessions.

The events form part of WSFRS’s older people fire prevention month this September and have been designed to help tackle loneliness and improve fire safety for our older residents.  

Alistair Evans, Safe & Well Manager for WSFRS, said: “In 2018/19 we attended almost 150 house fires involving people over 65 years old.

“We’re hoping that these events will offer our older residents the opportunity to get out and meet some new people and at the same time pick up some really vital, possibly life saving, tips.”

Jacquie Russell, Cabinet Member for Fire and Rescue and Communities, said: “This is a fantastic way of ensuring our older residents remain connected to their communities whilst being provided with valuable information that will ensure they feel safer in their homes. I’d encourage all of our older residents to come along to their nearest event and get involved.” 

The events will also raise awareness of the free Safe and Well Visits carried out by WSFRS. The visits offer advice on how to make the home safer and, if appropriate, fit smoke alarms and other specialist fire detection equipment free of charge.

Dates and local stations taking part are:

  • Haywards Heath Fire Station will be at Kleinwort Centre from 10am-12pm on Thursday 12 September
  • Littlehampton Fire Station are hosting at the station from 10am-2pm on Thursday 12 September
  • East Preston Fire Station will be at East Preston Village Green from 10.30am-1.30pm on Friday 20 September
  • Selsey Fire Station are hosting at the station from 10am-12pm on Monday 30 September
  • Chichester Fire Station will be at Chichester Library from 10am-2pm on Monday 14 October for Dementia Awareness Day in association with West Sussex County Council Library Service and Alzheimer’s Society.

Come along to book a free Safe and Well Visit, or alternatively email or call 0345 8729 719 to refer someone. For more on the ‘Tea and Tips’ see our Home fire safety campaign

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