VIDEO: New fire safety campaign is launched

YOU could help save the life of an elderly person – that was the simple message as a new fire safety campaign was launched.

West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service has unveiled its latest community safety campaign Who Cares? in Bognor Regis.

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Officers from the town’s fire station in West Meads were at the Sainsbury’s store in Shripney Road to promote the new initiative, aimed at protecting the area’s most vulnerable residents.

As well as home fire safety checks, the campaign also highlights the availability of specialist fire detection and protection equipment.

These include vibrating pads which can be placed under pillows and alarms for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Green watch crew member Pascal Volant said: “A home fire safety check is where a firefighter or a volunteer from our community fire safety team visits a home and offers invaluable fire safety advice and checks to make sure people have a working fire alarm, and if they don’t, install one.

“This campaign targets those we consider as high-risk, this includes those with frailty which affects their ability to either summon help or escape in an emergency, people with mobility issues and disabilities.

“Although the fire safety checks are generic in their format, they are tailored to meet the needs of the individual.”

West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service particularly wants to reach those who:

. Are 65 or over and live alone

. Have a physical disability or frailty affecting their ability to either summon help or escape in an emergency

. Use a Community Alarm or Emergency Monitoring service like Careline or Lifeline

. Have a sensory impairment or difficulty hearing a standard smoke alarm

. Have a cognitive impairment affecting their ability to remember things or retain information, such as dementia

To request a Home Fire Safety Check call free on 0800 328 6487 or visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/fire.

For the full story see the Bognor Regis Observer out today (Thursday, June 21).