As part of an ongoing collaboration, West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service and Smokefree West Sussex reached over 50 people in Broadfield Barton, Crawley when they visited the area to discuss the benefits of quitting smoking.
On the day specialist teams, including colleagues from from Crawley Wellbeing and the Children and Family Centres, were able to offer advice on a range of issues such as children’s activities over the summer, weight management, healthy eating and support for living with a disability or a terminal disease.
Kamson Pharmacy staff members were also present and as a direct result of this event, three smokers signed up to their dedicated stop smoking service.
Firefighters from Crawley Fire Station were also on hand to support the event with additional fire prevention messages and advice to those who were not quite ready to quit. Crews were able to arrange four Home Safety Visits which support certain members of the community with tailored safety advice to help them reduce the risk of accidental fires at home.
Dr Kate Bailey, Public Health Consultant, said; “The best thing a smoker can do for their health and the health of their family is to quit smoking. The harm associated with smoking continues to fall hardest on some of the most vulnerable people in our society.
“Stopping smoking is hard, but free support is available from Stop Smoking Advisors. We have over 200 places in West Sussex offering free smoking support, and accessing this makes you four times more likely to quit, rather than trying to stop smoking alone.”
Nicki Peddle, Intervention and Prevention Manager, added; “Working with Smokefree West Sussex is a brilliant way for us as a fire service to further serve the community. We want to ensure all of our residents are as safe and healthy as possible and committing to stopping smoking is a fantastic step towards improving health and reducing the risk of accidental fire in the home. We would like to say a huge thank you to Smokefree West Sussex and our Public Health colleague for a successful event; we look forward to continuing this partnership.”
The full list of stop smoking services (which are funded by the public health grant to West Sussex County Council) can be found on the wellbeing website: www.westsussexwellbeing.org.uk/smokingservices.
For more information on fire safety in the home visit: ow.ly/S1V9309Dfz7.
Smokefree West Sussex is the West Sussex Tobacco Control Alliance managed by the West Sussex Public Health Directorate.
West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service is at the heart of West Sussex County Council's Communities and Public Protection Directorate, working to support communities to become safer, stronger and more resilient through a combination of prevention, protection and response activities.