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FIREFIGHTERS have issued a festive plea to the public to look out for elderly relatives and neighbours after a number of elderly people died in house fires.
This year, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) has been called to fires in Trafford, Manchester, Wigan, Stockport and Rochdale where eight elderly people have died after fires accidently broke out in the homes.
Now the Service is asking you to help us prevent any more deaths this winter.
Chair of the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: “We’re issuing this plea now because the falling temperatures put older people at even greater risk of fire as they attempt to keep warm using heaters, candles and electric blankets.
“It is alarming that eight elderly people have died following fires in their homes this year – and what makes it even more tragic is that these incidents could have been prevented.”
Just this morning (Tuesday, December 9, 2014) crew from Altrincham were sent to reports of a fire alarm at a bungalow on Crabtree Avenue, Hale Barns, just before 7.30am.
Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the single storey house and found a fire in the bedroom.
Sadly, an 84-year-old woman was found and pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene.
Cllr Acton 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.”
For advice on keeping your elderly relative or neighbour warm this winter visit http://www.safe4winter.com/advice-for-older-people/
For home safety advice visit www.manchesterfire.gov.uk/fire_safety_advice/home_fire_safety/
There were nine accidental house fires resulting in fatal incidents from January 1, 2014, to December 9, 2014. The details are: • 17/01/2014, 75-year-old man, Penn Street, Manchester • 27/01/2014, 81-year-old man, Lower Green Lane, Wigan • 21/05/2014, 75-year-old woman, Kingsway, Stockport • 11/06/2014, 79-year-old woman, Wenlock Road, Hindley • 14/10/2014, 74-year-old woman, Whitelees Road, Littleborough • 29/10/2014, 93-year-old woman, Hartley Lane, Rochdale • 11/11/2014, 89-year-old woman, Eddie Colman Close, Manchester • 09/12/2014, 84-year-old woman, Crabtree Avenue, Hale Barns