Do you think you could offer someone companionship by visiting someone on a regular basis to make sure they are safe and well? It can make such a difference to someone's life. It could be:
an older member of your family or community
a young mum or dad with a new-born baby
your neighbour or a friend; someone who has mobility or eyesight challenges
someone you know who is living with dementia
Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) has teamed up with singer and Kent resident Cheryl Baker to encourage people across the county to make a pledge to support or visit someone who may live alone or in isolation, or just someone who might need a bit of an extra hand from time to time. Together we can keep them safe and well, and reduce their risk from fire.
This is a voluntary initiative and it’s entirely down to you to think about someone you can support.
You can make your pledge with us by filling out the form below (this is optional) so we can find out who you are and how you’re planning to ‘Show You Care’ and a little bit about your visit.
We will then send you an email to encourage you to think about things you can do to help your friend stay safe and well, plus information about other organisations that could also be a good support for them too.
It’s estimated that in Kent and Medway there are more than 40 thousand over 65s living socially isolated lives[i].’
KFRS is calling on people like you to think about how you can help someone you know by calling in for a chat and even think about helping with our ‘Simple STEPS to staying safe and well’ which will help reduce the fire risk in their home.
KFRS has developed ‘Simple STEPS to staying safe and well’ to help us all think about things around the home to look out for:
S is for SLIPS – Are there potential tripping hazards?
T is for TEST – Is the smoke alarm working? Do the batteries need replacing?
E is for ELECTRICS – Can you spot any hazards like overloaded sockets?
P is for POTS & PANS – Does the oven or hob need a clean to reduce the risk of fires?
S is for SMOKING - If you smoke, always fully stub out cigarettes
We’re also hoping that you could think about finding out if they’re eligible for a FREE Safe and Well Visit with Kent Fire and Rescue Service – 0800 923 7000
A friendly, weekly, 30 minute visit can make all the difference to someone who lives alone or struggling with life’s pressures.
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