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Older people

We attend more house fires involving people aged over 65 than any other age group.

That’s why we’re asking you to take the time to think about the safety of your older relatives, friends and neighbours.

Just taking five minutes to carry out some simple checks the next time you see them could prevent a fire and help your loved one to stay in their own home safely, for longer.

Simple things you can do include:

  • Test their smoke alarms– some older people may find it difficult to reach their alarms to test them regularly
  • Check electrics are safe– look out for frayed wiring or overloaded sockets
  • Make sure escape routes are clear

You may also be able to refer your loved one for a free home safety check, where a member of fire service staff will visit their home and fit smoke alarms if needed

Watch our video to find out more

This content was last updated on February 08th, 2017