Project works to keep elderly safe from fire

PUBLISHED: 14:07 25 November 2015 | UPDATED: 14:14 26 November 2015


A scheme, which works with elderly people in Exmouth and Budleigh, has been praised for its role keeping people safe from fire.

The Neighbourhood Friends team, based at Exeter’s Westbank, has helped more than 100 elderly people in East Devon and Exeter to access a free fire home safety check from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, meaning that they are able to stay safe in their own homes. The Neighbourhood Friends’ staff and volunteers, who visit elderly people at home to give them support in the community, have been trained by the fire service to spot potential problems when visiting.

With consent, referrals are made to the fire service for a free home safety check.

Lucy de Garis, head of volunteering at Westbank, said: “Our Neighbourhood Friends service brings us into contact with some of the most vulnerable people living in our communities. This partnership means we are able to ensure that older people who might be particularly at risk from fire are linked in to the fire service and offered the necessary support to make their home environment, and ultimately them, as safe as possible.”

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