ELDERLY residents of the Staffordshire Moorlands are being urged to take advantage of Staffordshire Fire Service's offer of free smoke alarms for their homes.
Members of Moorlands Home Link lunch clubs have been offered free home fire risk checks after county figures revealed that the elderly are more vulnerable than any other group.
John Walton, the fire service's community safety officer for the Staffordshire Moorlands, told members of Rushton Lunch Club: "Everyone, whatever their age, is entitled to have a free smoke alarm supplied, fitted and maintained, and we have been offering this service since 2003.
"I would urge any older person to take advantage of our free home fire risk check because we have looked at the 43 deaths caused by house fires in Staffordshire since 2006 and found that 37 of them involved over 50s, and that the average age of those who died was 72."
Mr Walton showed a short film, 'Olive's story', which told of a Staffordshire pensioner who perished in a fire, highlighting the risks she had taken through hoarding and blocking fire exits from her home and carelessness with cigarettes and cooking.
Anyone wanting to book a fire risk check should contact 0800 0241 999.
Rushton Lunch Club is keen to hear from potential volunteers. Contact Steph Chadwick at Moorlands Home Link on 07950 243345 or call Moorlands Home Link's office on 01538 750511.