Fire safety visits for over 75’s

Firefighters Robert Simcox (left) and Richard Lavender make a home visit to Shifnal resident Meg Cross

A pilot partnership project between Shropshire Council and Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service aims to improve the safety of council tenants by carrying out home visits for the over 75's in the Bridgnorth area.

The project is the first of its kind involving Shropshire Council homes and if successful could be rolled out to tenants of other Registered Social Landlords in the county.

Fire safety officers will visit council house tenants aged over 75 to give advice about how to reduce the risk of fire as statistics show that people in that age range are more at risk of being involved in a house fire.

Tenants will receive a letter about the visits in the next few weeks.

Bridgnorth firefighters will check alarms and give valuable advice on how to escape if a fire breaks out.

"In some cases people have died because for some reason they did not escape from their property despite being alerted by a smoke alarm," said Delyth Humphreys, Vulnerable Person's Officer for Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service.

"This is a vitally important fire safety visit which will show householders how to escape if a fire breaks out."

If successful, the scheme will be extended into Albrighton, Broseley, Shifnal, Oswestry and Much Wenlock.

21st June, 2012