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Lichfield firefighters will be attending flu clinics as part of the Service’s Young at Heart, Safe at Home campaign.
The scheme is about raising awareness of fire safety amongst the elderly and those people who come into contact with them on a regular basis. The campaign is being driven by the fact that 81 per cent of fire deaths in Staffordshire since 2007 have involved those over the age of 65.
The firefighters will use the flu clinics as an opportunity to give out fire safety advice and generate referrals for free home fire risk checks. They will be at Whittington Village Hall in Whittington on October 20 and at Curborough Clinic in Lichfield on October 23.
Risk Reduction Manager for Lichfield, Carmel Warren said:
“By targeting these clinics it is a great opportunity for us to reach the elderly people in the local area – winter is approaching and it is our priority to ensure they are protected in their homes. As well as visiting the local clinics we have also been delivering fire safety talks to other groups in the area.”