More than 250 people aged over 70 will be given a free home fire risk check as part of a national campaign.
Firefighters and technicians will visit properties across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent all through this week to carry out the potentially lifesaving tests.
Although the checks are free and available to all residents, the Service is focussing on this particular age group to celebrate Older People’s Day, on October 1.
Representatives from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service will also be dropping into residential homes and housing association properties across the county to give safety talks and advice.
The theme for this year’s initiative is ‘Full of Life’. It challenges stereotypes of older people as being frail, vulnerable and a burden to the rest of the population.
It aims to recognise the experience, knowledge and contribution that older people make to society and the economy.
Community Safety Lead Stephanie Court said: “This campaign is an excellent opportunity to highlight and celebrate the significant contribution that older people make to the community. Thanks to healthier lifestyles and medical advances, almost a quarter of the UK’s population will be aged 65 and over by 2035.
“However, research shows that older people are at highest risk of fire in the home. Those over the age of 80 are 10 times more likely to die in a fire than those aged 30 or under which is why the proactive work we are doing within the community is vital.
“We would encourage people to support us in helping to keep older people safe by testing smoke alarms in the homes of vulnerable relatives, friends and neighbours. You never know, you could save their life.”
In an emergency dial 999. For all other non-emergency enquiries contact: 08451 22 11 55 or log onto: www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk or www.direct.gov.uk/firekills.