Older people

Recently the Office for National Statistics asked the question ‘is age 70 the new age 65?’ Many of us are living longer, some working past retirement age and others caring for family members, which is why staying safe as we enjoy older age is even more important. Not only does it provide peace of mind for ourselves, it is reassuring for loved ones too.  

A free Kent Fire and Rescue Service Safe and Well Visit from one of our friendly Safe and Well officers or firefighters can help to make your home a safer place.  

There are also lots of things you can do yourself. Why not take a look at the helpful information and advice below.

  • Clutter free: did you know too much clutter can be confusing and lead to trips and falls? Check how to keep things clear and uncluttered by taking a look at our Clutter Free page.
  • Lighting: Is your home well lit? Good lighting helps you get around more easily and can make you feel safer.
  • Kitchen safety: the kitchen is the heart of the home, but did you know it’s also the place where a fire is most likely to start? Make your kitchen a safer space with our easy to follow kitchen safety page.
  • Electrical safety: From making sure you’re not overloading your sockets and registering your appliances, to checking electrical cables and using electric blankets safely, see our Electrical safety pages.
  • Fires and heating safety: There are lots of things to be aware of when it comes to heating, whether it’s solid fuel, gas or electric. Learn more on our dedicated page.
  • Smoking: things to remember if you smoke 
  • Smoke alarms and other types of alarm, can save your life. Learn more about smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms.
  • Telecare systems: this is a smoke alarm provided by a telecare provider, which is linked through a lifeline service.  When the alarm sounds due to fire or smoke, the signal goes straight through to the telecare provider, who will then alert the emergency services. This helps to reduce the risk for the person if they are unable to react to an alarm. Other types of alarm can also be run through this system, such as carbon monoxide and gas detectors. As part of our Safe and Well Visit we can also help with a referral to a falls prevention service. There are also specialist alarms available for those deaf or hard of hearing, which include a bright flashing strobe light by the bedside and a vibrating pad under the pillow to alert people to danger at night when they do not have their hearing aids in. If smoke is detected, the alarm will sound and set off the pad to assist in waking them.
  • Escape plan: do you have one? Learn more here
  • Candles: candlelight is beautiful but it can pose a serious fire risk – check how to use candles safely
  • What to do if there’s a fire in your home: Know what to do by following fire service advice
  • Bedtime safety routine: These simple checks can help to give you extra peace of mind at bedtime  

If there is a fire in your home

Get out, stay out and call 999. Never investigate or tackle a fire yourself. Learn what to do to help stay safe