Grantham firefighters visit elderly to help keep them safe

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As winter approaches and the risk of fires increases, firefighters from Grantham Green Watch have been visiting older people in a bid to keep them safe from fire.

The work is being carried out as part of a wider campaign to keep Lincolnshire’s older residents safe, with the crew visiting a number of sheltered schemes in the town.

They aim to give older people the confidence they need to keep themselves safe, raising awareness of the potential dangers and reminding them of practical fire safety advice.

Ben Selby, crew manager at Grantham fire station, said: “It is so important that we go out into the community. We know that older people, particularly those suffering with health issues, are more vulnerable to injury or death as a result of a fire in the home, so we need to do all we can to keep them safe.

“It is the smaller things we do which really make a difference,” explains Ben. “As well as going through general kitchen safety, it’s helping people to create an escape plan, so they know to get out in an emergency.

“We also give practical tips, such as: taking the phone to the bedroom when going to bed, ensuring all internal doors are closed at night and reducing the amount of clutter in hallways.

“We know that some older people may go under the radar because they feel they might be a burden on public services, but this is entirely incorrect. We want to help save lives, so would encourage anyone over the age of 65, to get in touch on 01522 580397, so we can come and deliver a free Home Safety Check.”