Firefighters from Todmorden station are offering their backing to a new local community group called Dementia Friendly Todmorden, which will raise awareness of the condition locally.
Crews are offering free Home Fire Safety Checks, during which tailored advice can be given. Specially trained staff can fit smoke alarms which give an early warning should a fire break out. They can also fit special stickers on internal doors, indicating where elderly or infirm residents may be sleeping if the house is full of smoke, to help firefighters rescue people quickly.
Trained to spot early signs of dementia, the fire crews can also issue posters to remind elderly people to turn off cookers, heaters and lights to prevent fires starting.
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.”
Group leader Steph Booth, whose 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.
“Their expertise and knowledge will be invaluable in helping to keep not only dementia sufferers, but their carers and families safe.
“It is vital people take advantage of the fire safety checks offered by the fire service. Contact them if you know of anyone living with dementia who would benefit from a fire safety check. Your concern may save a life.”
To arrange a free Home Fire Safety Check call Todmorden Fire Station on 01706 813541 or book online for any area via our website www.westyorksfire.gov.uk.