Older people urged to be fire safe

WITH 62 percent of people killed in NSW house fires this year aged over 60, NSW Fire and Rescue is urging older Valley residents to protect themselves.

Figures released by NSW Fire and Rescue (FRNSW) this week revealed that of the 13 preventable fire deaths in the state this year, eight were of people over the age of 60.

FRNSW Community Safety Coordinator for Ageing and Disabilities Melanie Rebane said this figure was unfortunately expected to rise as Australia's population continued to age.

Ms Rebane said the simplest way for older Australians to protect themselves was by installing and maintaining smoke detectors in their homes. She said NSW Firefighters were available to assist seniors to do this through the Smoke Alarm and Battery Replacement Program (SABRE).

For more information about the SABRE program or for tips on protecting yourself from fire, contact FRNSW Home Fire Safety on 02. 9742. 7400.



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