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Fire safety officers from Kent Fire and Rescue Service’s (KFRS) specialist vulnerable persons team will be attending a number of locations during national Carers Week (10 to 16 June) to help spread the message to carers about the services it provides.
Sadly, it is often older members of the community or those with dementia or other health or lifestyle issues, who are at greater risk of being injured or killed in a fire at home.
Head of Community Safety Stuart Skilton said: “One in eight adults in the UK is a carer*, looking after a frail, sick or elderly relative or friend. Carers are well placed to identify where additional support may be required and Kent Fire and Rescue Service’s priority is to ensure residents have the information they need to keep people safe and independent in their own homes for longer.”
Visitors to Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford will be able to chat to a representative from KFRS’s vulnerable persons team at a stand in the main foyer on Monday (10 June). The team will also be attending meetings at parish councils and carers’ support groups, including the Swanley Dementia Café, as well as giving presentations at various sheltered accommodation complexes to raise awareness of the services we provide to vulnerable people.
These include, where needed, free home safety visits and specialist equipment for more ‘at risk’ residents, including smoke alarms designed for visually and hearing impaired people. Other help might include providing items such as fireproof bedding and fire retardant materials for immobile smokers, and safety gadgets such as cooker switches for dementia sufferers who have become forgetful about turning the cooker off.
Eligibility for a home safety visit is assessed on an individual basis and takes into consideration age, health, mobility, lifestyle and other risks. For more information please call 0800 923 7000 (free of charge from UK landlines) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Figures from Carers Week 2012