21 October 2018   |  Last Updated 18-12-2014 11:38

      Firefighters plead for the public to help the elderly

      FIREFIGHTERS in Manchester have pleaded to the public to look out for elderly relatives and neighbours over the Christmas period.

      This year has seen the death of eight elderly people in fires, including the death of an 84-year-old woman on Tuesday 9 December and Councillor David Acton believes these incidents “could have been prevented.”

      Cllr Acton, the Chair of the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, added: “The risk of dying in a fire for those aged 65 and over is more than twice as high as the average risk for all ages and the reality is that these fires can be avoided.

      “I am urging the people of Greater Manchester to look out for their elderly relatives and neighbours this winter – especially those living alone – and make sure they keep warm safely.

      “Make sure they have a working smoke alarm and check them once a week so if there is a fire in the home they will have an early warning.”

      The message comes in wake of a huge fire at the Minehead Resource Centre in Withington last week, which ripped through a day centre for the elderly and left the building largely damaged.

      Go to safe4winter for advice on keeping your elderly relative or neighbour warm this winter.

      Also visit Manchester Fire for home safety advice.

      By Lance Holden