Take a few minutes to check on your elderly neighbour this winter
LAST winter Humberside Fire and Rescue Service launched its Check On Your Neighbour campaign.
The campaign asked resi- dents to take ten minutes out of their day to check on an elderly neighbour and carry out a few simple checks to help reduce risks of fire in their home, particularly in winter, when the risk of fire can increase.
Humberside Fire and Rescue Service is asking members of the community to support the campaign.
Through insight work, Humberside Fire and Rescue Service established the profile of people who were most at risk from having a fire in their home.
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The profiling showed those most at risk tended to be older people who lived alone, often smokers, and with some type of physical or mental impair- ment.
Using this information, the Check On Your Neighbour campaign was launched.
Daryl Oprey, head of Safety for Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, said: "Times of colder weather can be a difficult period for older residents, and keeping warm becomes a priority.
"Fire risk in the home can increase due to people smoking indoors to stay out of the cold and using open fires and electric or gas heaters become more frequent.
"There are simple, quick checks residents could carry out when visiting an older neighbour that really could make a difference to someone's safety, and I urge people to get involved.
"We can be so busy with our own lives that we forget to look out for our neighbours.
It doesn't need to take long, but just a quick regular visit can help to ensure our elderly neighbours are safe this winter.
"Obviously, it is important to remind people to remain vigilant and only open the door to neighbours they know and trust."
For more information and advice, call 0300 3038242.
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