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Firefighters helping to improve home fire safety for people with dementia

Firefighters helping to improve home fire safety for people with dementia

4 May 2016

Firefighters will be supporting Dementia Awareness Week (15-21 May 2016), by welcoming The Alzheimer's & Dementia Support Services Group to Thames-side fire station on Monday, 9 May.

The session has been organised by the fire crews to highlight the home fire safety advice available to people with dementia, their family and carers and is part of Kent Fire and Rescue Service's (KFRS) ongoing commitment to improve the safety of those living with dementia.

Organiser of the event, firefighter Michael Edwards, said: "Many people with dementia want to live independently at home for as long as they can, so it's important to ensure they are as safe as possible.

"Having dementia can make accidents at home more likely but there are ways we can help minimise the risk of fire in the home. We can arrange a free home safety visit at a convenient time and provide practical advice about how to make your home safer, such as fitting working smoke alarms and helping you plan escape routes.

"We can also arrange to have other specialist equipment such as cooker shut offs fitted, which can increase cooking safety for those with dementia who may forget they have left food cooking on the hob. It will detect unusual activity and help prevent a hob fire if it detects a risk. Dementia can be scary but knowing there is support and help available can provide reassurance to those living with dementia."

The session which starts at 11am is aimed at a new group of The Alzheimer's & Dementia Support Services clients, the Monday Club and promises to provide potentially life-saving advice while ensuring that people with dementia feel understood, valued and part of their local community.

Angela Farrell from The Alzheimer’s & Dementia Support Services Group, said: "The safety and wellbeing of our clients is our primary concern.  We have had two previous visits to the fire station for different clients and it is interesting to see how the services have progressed and expanded with all KFRS offers for home safety. Our clients are really looking forward to the visit."

Firefighters will also offering free fire safety advice at:         

  • Drop in at Swanley fire station on Monday, 16 May between 10am and 12 noon and get advice from The Alzheimer’s and Dementia Support Services Group and firefighters
  • The Memory Café,  the Meeting Place in the Orchard Shopping Centre, Dartford between 10am and 12 noon on Wednesday, 18 May    
  • Age UK coffee morning at The Fleming Resource Centre, Clarence Row, Gravesend from 10.30am on Thursday, 19 May

  • Crews from Dartford will also be visiting vulnerable residents in the area 

 Note to editors:

  • The Alzheimer's & Dementia Support Services, Monday Club will be visiting Thames-side fire station, Coldharbour Road Northfleet, Kent DA11 8NT on Monday, 9 May at 11am
  • Dementia Awareness Week is organised by the Alzheimer's Society, a UK charity which provides support and research for those affected by dementia
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