Fire checks to raise dementia awareness

Some of the Dementia Friendly community group in Todmorden

Some of the Dementia Friendly community group in Todmorden

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Firefighters are offering lifesaving fire safety checks, as part of a project to raise awareness of dementia in Todmorden.

The free home fire safety checks, offered by local firefighters, are part of a new intiative to make Todmorden ‘Dementia Friendly’ and raise awareness for people’s safety in the area.

Watch commander Geoff Shaw, from Todmorden Fire Station, said: “The majority of fire related deaths and injuries typically occur in the very old and very young.

“If we can spot signs of dementia, we may be able to ensure people’s safety by installing our equipment before it’s too late.”

Firefighters attending the house will give owners tailored advice and smoke alarms can be fitted to give an early warning in the case of a fire.

They can also fit special stickers, indicating where elderly or infirm residents may be sleeping so that they can get to them as quick as possible.

Posters to remind elderly people to turn off cookers, heaters and lights to prevent fires can be issued around the house.

Group leader Steph Booth, who husband suffers from dementia, added: “We are absolutely delighted the Fire and Rescue Service in Todmorden are enthusiastic and pro-active participants in the Dementia Friendly Todmorden project.

“It is vital people take advantage of the fire safety checks offered by the fire service. Your concern may save a life.”

Businesses and emergency services in Todmorden have rallied together to create a community group that is focused on making the town dementia friendly.

The group is working with families and people in the community to get together to increase the awareness.

Some of the proposals put forward in the town council neighbourhood plan include more benches in the area and training for staff in local businesses.

To arrange a free home fire safety check, call Todmorden Fire Station on 01706 813541 or book online at www.westyorksfire.gov.uk.