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Elderly and vulnerable

Fire safety support for Senior Citizens

Older persons hands with a ringSome elderly people may be particularly at risk from fire due to health problems or reduced mobility. Approximately half of those killed by fires in the home are aged 65 or over. People with disabilities are also at increased risk from fire.

Poor mobility, poor sense of smell and a reduced tolerance of smoke and burns contribute to fatalities. Major sources of ignition include cookers, smoking materials, candles, coal fires, heaters and electric blankets.

Elderly people smoking in bed or falling asleep in a chair with a lighted cigarette have resulted in a number of fatalities. The problem is particularly acute for those who live alone.

North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service has therefore identified elderly and vulnerable people as a top priority for action. This includes publicity campaigns and direct interventions, where we will carry out a free home safety visit then provide and fit smoke alarms which will enhance the safety of the individual.

Do you have an elderly or vulnerable relative, neighbour or friend whose safety would be improved with this support? If so, please call our Fire Safety Advice Line 01609 788545.


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