Firefighters are urging anyone who cares for an elderly parent, relative, friend or neighbour, especially if they are a smoker or have mobility issues, to apply for a free Safe and Well visit, following the third fatal fire in Warwickshire this year involving an elderly person who smokes.
If you are a carer; then there are things that you can do to prevent a fire in the home. The main signs to look out for include;
- Burn marks on the carpets, smoking in bed, overfilled ashtrays
- Hoarding – storing lots of boxes, rubbish, paperwork around the house
- Overloaded plug sockets – plug sockets plugged into plug sockets
- Faulty electric blankets – look out for frayed wiring, burn marks on the blanket
All of the above increase the risk of having a fire in the home. If you have seen any of the above signs in the home of a person that you care for, then please apply for a free Safe and Well visit by logging onto:
Or by calling 01926 466282.