Fire and Rescue NSW urges the state’s most vulnerable to ‘play it safe’ during Seniors Week - NSW

Published: 02 Feb 2023 10:08am

Senior citizens have been identified as the most vulnerable to fire danger according to the latest statistics released by Fire and Rescue NSW.

FRNSW research shows that those over 65 have accounted for 50% of all fire fatalities in New South Wales over the past five years.

To address the trend, FRNSW is promoting its Safety Visit program, designed to educate the community about common household fire dangers.

The program involves firefighters helping residents to create an escape plan at home, stressing the importance of keeping a key in any deadlock to assist in an urgent exit.

Firefighters insist early warning is crucial to any fire response, so smoke alarms need to be checked regularly to make sure that they are in working order.

Under the program, FRNSW is offering Seniors and the rest of the community the option of booking a free Safety Visit.

Firefighters will come to your home and carry out a fire risk inspection, installing a free smoke alarm where necessary.

The public can book a Safety Visit through the FRNSW website: [external link]

FRNSW Community Safety Co-ordinator, Station Officer Andrew Walker, said it’s important to remind Seniors about these key messages:

“New South Wales Seniors Week is a great time to remind the elderly to make sure they have created a safe environment at home.”

“Our firefighters will use the week to visit homes and have a conversation around safety measures, making sure that smoke alarms are in good working order.”

“Our Safety Visit program is a crucial part of the educational process and making sure that Seniors and other vulnerable members of the community especially are equipped to respond quickly to any emergency.”

Updated: 02 Feb 2023 10:13am

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Smoke alarms

It“s the law to have at least one working smoke alarm installed on every level of your home.

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Having a home escape plan and a working smoke alarm increases your chances of getting out safely.

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