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Firefighters back Lichfield’s Sloppy Slippers campaign

Firefighters are lending their support to a project that aims to keep Lichfield’s elderly residents one step ahead of danger this winter.

Dawn Morley, Rosemary Hart and Mavis Harris with their new slippers

Dawn Morley, Rosemary Hart and Mavis Harris with their new slippers

The Sloppy Slippers campaign, launched last year by Lichfield District Council, aims to stop people tripping over their old and worn slippers by providing them with a new pair.

Carmel Warren, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Risk Reduction Manger at Lichfield, said:

“Something as simple and innocent as slippers can be potentially dangerous. At Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service we take every aspect of home safety seriously so this campaign deserves our support.”

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is championing Sloppy Slippers in support of its own Young at Heart, Safe at Home campaign, which was launched last month.

Young at Heart is about raising awareness of fire safety among the elderly. It is driven by statistical analysis which reveals 81 per cent of fire deaths in Staffordshire since 2007 have involved people over the age of 65.

Firefighters will be attending special events across the district to speak to people about home fire safety. Visitors to these sessions can, for a donation of £1.50, trade their sloppy slippers for safer replacements.

Events take place on:

  • November 11 at Lichfield Guildhall (10am-1pm)
  • December 17 at Armitage Village Hall (1.30pm-4pm)
  • January 14 at Fazeley Town Hall (1pm-4pm)
  • February 16t at the Scout Hut in Burntwood (1pm-4pm)

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