Following these five steps to keeping safe and well
As the warm weather finally arrives across Kent and Medway, firefighters are reminding residents to make some time to visit vulnerable friends and neighbours to check they are keeping safe and well.
Show you care by calling in to see an older person in your community, have a chat and a cuppa, and make sure they have the support they need to stay safe and well in their homes as the temperature rises.
Whilst you’re there help improve their safety with Kent Fire and Rescue Service’s simple steps to staying safe and well.
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 and 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 cigarette.
KFRS Assistant Director Ian Thomson said: “It’s important to remember that in the heat, some of our older residents, especially those who live alone or with mobility issues, may struggle to keep cool and hydrated, and this can impact on their everyday wellbeing.
“By taking the time to ‘show you care’, you will be reminding them that they are not on their own, and by looking out for potential safety hazards during your visit, you could really help keep them safe from harm.”
Find out if they are eligible for a FREE safe and well visit with Kent Fire and Rescue Service by calling 0800 923 7000.