Home fire safety event is major success

Around 50 residents attended the day, which coincided with International Day of Older Persons.


Release date: 16 October 2018

Firefighters at Shoreham have welcomed older residents to the station for a fire safety event to help them feel safe in their home.

Around 50 residents aged 60 and over attended the station on Monday, 1 October, where they were able to socialise with others, while enjoying tea and cake.

The event, which coincided with International Day of Older Persons, involved attendees being taught kitchen fire safety, how to check smoke alarms, how to use an electric blanket, and top tips to keep safe at home.

Crew Commander Matthew Whatley, who helped to organise the event said: “A lot of older people who live on their own can feel quite isolated, so we wanted to run an event where residents can be social and feel involved, but also so they can be informed of fire safety. Hopefully they have come away feeling more confident about how they can stay safe in their homes.

“A lot of planning went into this event, and it was a joy to welcome our residents to the station. The day was a great success, and I’d like to thank all of the organisations who assisted us on the day, including with providing refreshments and transport.”

Debbie Kennard, Cabinet Member for Safer, Stronger Communities said: “It is fantastic to see our firefighters taking the time to inform our local residents and ensure they feel and remain safe in their homes. Well done to everyone involved.”

Other agencies involved in the event were Age UK, Alzheimers.org, Adur lifeline, Apetito, the Royal Voluntary Service, Tesco and Starbucks.

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