Fire service backs dementia safety scheme

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HAMPSHIRE Fire and Rescue Service has joined a national campaign to improve the safety of people with dementia.

The pledge, which is backed by Alzheimer’s Society ambassador and television star Angela Rippon, aims to ensure families and carers are aware of fire risks, raise awareness of free home safety visits, and encourage local organisations to be involved in building dementia-friendly communities.

Posters will be distributed across the county and staff will be issued with stickers to give to people to remind what they can do to make their homes safer.

Chief officer of the fire service John Bonney said: ‘I have signed the pledge on behalf of the service as we are committed to ensuring that vulnerable people, including those with dementia, can stay safe and independent in their own homes.

‘The effects of fire can be devastating.

‘But with advice and support we can help people make small changes that make a big difference towards their safety.

‘The national initiative gives us all an important opportunity to work towards creating safer communities for those with dementia.’

If you are a carer or relative of a person with dementia and would like to arrange a home safety visit, call (023) 8062 6809.