Monday 13 June 2011
This Carers Week (13 - 19 June) Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service is reaching out to local carers to remind them that help is available to keep them, and the people they care for, safe.
Fire safety can easily become yet another worry on an ever-growing list for those with the extra responsibility of looking after an elderly relative, sick friend or a disabled family member.
With over 6 million carers in the UK there are many issues to consider - from the extra time it takes for people with difficulty moving to escape a house fire to the risks of flammable care equipment such as oxygen cylinders.
Station Manager, Ty Whitlock said “There is lots of help available for carers to help make sure that they and their loved ones are protected - be it simple safety advice over the phone or on our website, or helping them find the specialist equipment they need.
“The simplest thing any carer can do to prevent fire in their home is make a few easy additions to their normal routine. Testing their loved one’s smoke alarm weekly could help give them the vital extra seconds they need to escape in a fire, while simple steps such as closing doors at night and avoiding overloaded plug sockets will help reduce the risk in their home.
“A huge variety of specialist safety equipment is also available - vibrating smoke alarms for the hard of hearing, easy-reach smoke alarm testers for those with limited movement and linked alarm systems are just a few options to help you feel safer.”
Carers Week Manager Paul Matz said:
“It is important for carers to know there is support out there to help them care for their loved one. Protecting vulnerable people from fire hazards is an important part of looking after somebody. It’s great to see Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service helping carers to get appropriate smoke detectors and advice for both them and their loved one.”
If you or the person you care for would like more information about making your home fire-safe, get in touch with Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Community Safety department on 02380 626809.
If you take care of a loved one, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service’s advice could help make your - and their - jobs easier should the worst happen:
Some simple everyday checks can help prevent a household fire:
Specialist equipment is available:
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