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Firefighters will help to keep Lichfield’s elderly residents one step ahead of danger this festive season. Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is putting its support behind this year’s Sloppy Slippers campaign. The Lichfield District Council initiative provides people with a new pair of slippers to stop them tripping over their old ones. Carmel Warren, 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 in October. 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. The next event takes place on December 17, at Armitage Village Hall from 1.30pm to  4pm. This will be followed by events on January 14 at Fazeley Town Hall (1pm–4pm) and February 16 at the Scout Hut in Burntwood (1pm–4pm).

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