Ageing Safely Week

Elderly people are at greater risk from fire.

Almost twice as many people over the age of 50 die in house fires compared to those under 50. People over 80 are 10 times more likely to die in a fire than someone under 30.

Fire safety tips

Follow these tips to cut down the risk of a fire in your home:

  • Make sure you have a smoke alarm on each floor of your home.  Test your smoke alarm regularly – it can’t save lives if it’s not working properly.  If you have hearing problems, you can get a smoke alarm which sets off vibrating pads which can be put under your pillow at night, to get your attention.
  • If you smoke, make sure you stub your cigarettes out completely. Never smoke in bed.

  • If you have an open fire, make sure you use a fireguard.

  • Don’t dry clothes over or near a fire.

  • When you’re cooking, never leave the pan unattended.

  • Don’t overload electrical sockets.

  • Plan an escape route. This can save valuable time in a fire.

  • Book a Home Fire Safety Check with us -  It’s free and you may be eligible to get free smoke alarms fitted.

The following leaflet contains tips to keep your home fire safe this winter:

Winter fire safety leaflet (new window, PDF 581KB)

Keeping warm and well

Information on keeping warm and well can be found on the Public Health England website:

Public Health England website - keeping warm and well (open in new window)

The following leaflet contains advice on how to stay warm and well this winter:

Leaflet - top tips to stay warm and well (new window, PDF 1209KB)

Safe and well visits

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service offer a free 'Safe and Well Visit' for people who are aged over 65 and for people who are referred to us by partner agencies because they are considered to be at a particular risk.

The visits will still incorporate the traditional fire safety information (and smoke alarm fitting), but will also offer additional advice on slips, trips and fall prevention, bowel cancer screening as well as offering additional support to those who wish to stop smoking, taking drugs or reduce their alcohol consumption.

Book a Safe and Well Visit for over 65's

General safety for the elderly

Get some more useful advice on general safety for the elderly by visiting the Age UK website: 

Age UK website (opens in new window)


Last updated: Tuesday 12 September 2017

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