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Firefighters in West Sussex are supporting Home Fire Safety Week by reminding people about the help available to keep older people safe from fire.

The safety week, which runs until Friday, is being led by the Chief Fire Officer’s Association and has been timed to coincide with Older Persons’ Day on Thursday.

A fire crew from Chichester will be at Tesco Superstore in Fishbourne Road East on Thursday between 10am and 1pm to raise awareness.

West Sussex Fire & Rescue Service’s intervention and prevention manager, Nicki Peddle said: ‘A great deal of our campaigning and prevention activity involves working with our partners and the public to reach those older people most at risk of a fire so we can help them to stay safe and independent in their homes.

‘In particular, the Home Safety Visits we carry out are a key factor in reducing the number of people losing their lives in house fires.

‘We’re asking people to support Home Fire Safety Week by recommending a home safety visit to an older relative or friend.

‘It’s a free service arranged at a convenient time to the occupier. We tailor the visits to address the specific needs of the individual and, where needed, fit smoke detectors or other specialist fire detection equipment.’

To request a Home Safety Visit call 0845 872 9719 or visit westsussex.gov.uk/fire.