This month Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service launched a new winter safety campaign, 'Treasured People'. The Service is asking for support from neighbours, friends, family and loved ones to help prevent false alarms and fires for older people in Devon and Somerset.
Of all the incidents Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service attends, 40% are false alarms. Fire statistics indicate that false alarms are a warning indicator of a future fire.
Across Devon and Somerset, over 65s are most at risk of fire and having a false alarm. Unfortunately, we also see more injuries from house fires and more injuries, resulting in hospitalisation for people in this group.
"Our aim is to reduce fire risk in our communities. As part of our 'Treasured people' campaign, we are encouraging people to take action to check-in with someone they know to keep people fire safe.
"The fire service already does a great deal of prevention work with our most vulnerable communities, but we need help to reach everyone.
"If you have a loved ones, family or neighbours who live independently, but may need some extra support, please visit them and take some time to check they are fire safe this winter".
Doing three simple things can make a big difference to someone you care about this winter:
The 'Treasured people' winter safety campaign will run until 31 January 2024. The Service Prevention team will engage with people over 65 at coffee mornings, fire safety talks, and community groups across Devon at Somerset. They will also be on hand to offer advice and share practical tips to reduce fires, such as 'always use a cooking timer'.