Firefighters launch campaign to help older people stay safe

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FIREFIGHTERS are set to launch a new fire safety campaign from the Spinnaker Tower.

Shoppers at Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth will be the first to see Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service’s older person’s fire safety campaign at its launch next week.

The scheme aims to make life safer for people over 65 and will launch on national Older People’s Day.

Staff will be promoting free home safety visits, giving out advice and raising awareness of life-saving fire safety measures.

Assistant chief officer Neil Odin said: ‘We are looking forward to welcoming as many people as possible to the launch of our campaign.

‘We are targeting people aged 65 and over who are more vulnerable when it comes to fire fatalities.

‘We are urging friends, families and neighbours of elderly people to help them test smoke detectors in their homes and visit for more fire safety advice.

‘We also offer free home safety visits and are encouraging people to contact us to book these.’

The campaign launches next Wednesday, at 10.30am. There will be an aerial ladder platform vehicle on display, as well as a large-themed cake which visitors will be able to win in a raffle.

All proceeds raised during the event will be split between the Fire Fighters Charity and Age Concern.