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8:54am 22nd December 2014

In Lancashire, the numbers of house fires and injuries from fires are at their lowest recorded levels ever.

Despite this, over the last three years nearly half of the fire deaths in Lancashire have occurred during a three week period at the end of December and early January. Over 90% of people losing their lives at this time of year are older people living alone with no working smoke alarm.

With these stats in mind, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service is launching their SAFER Together campaign. The campaign aims to reduce the number of elderly people living alone dying in house fires across Lancashire during the end of December and early January.

On a busy Christmas shopping weekend (6th and 7th December), firefighters from our fire stations will be out-and-about in Lancashire’s supermarkets and shopping centres trying to reach older people through their families, friends and neighbours to take referrals for free Home Safety Checks for older people.

Chief Fire Officer Chris Kenny says:

“Every year, our firefighters attend incidents where elderly people have been living alone and have tragically died in a house fire. During the weekend of Saturday 6th and 7th December, every available firefighter will be on the streets getting the message out that; ‘together, we can help make people safer by ensuring they have a working smoke alarm.’

“If you have an older relative, friend or neighbour, please check that they have a working smoke alarm. If you can’t check or if they do not have a working smoke alarm, please pass their details on to us so we can book them a free Home Fire Safety Check. It could be the best present that you give this year.”

Lancashire Combined Fire Authority Member, Country Councillor Mark Perks adds:

“In my role as a County Councillor and as the Fire Authority’s Older Person’s Champion, I have heard about the consequences of not having a working smoke alarm in a home. I echo the Chief Fire Officer’s comments and strongly urge anyone who knows of an older person to ensure that they have a working smoke alarm fitted in their home this Christmas, it could save their life.”

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