The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has helped to launch a new pilot aimed at reducing home accidents in the Scottish Borders.
Recent figures show that 64% of emergency admissions in the Scottish borders were a result of falls at home and three quarters of these involved people aged 75 or older.
With an ageing population the potential exists for these figures to increase without improved prevention activities.
That’s why SFRS have lent their support to the Living Safely in the Home (LSITH) pilot, which has been launched in partnership with Cheviot Community Health Care Team (NHS) and the Scottish Borders Safer Communities Team.
The scheme will see firefighters visit the homes of vulnerable people to assess all potential risks.
Michael Jaffray, who is a Station Manager at SFRS, said: “The main purpose of the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is to work in partnership with communities and with others in the public, private and third sectors, to improve the safety and wellbeing of people throughout Scotland.
“We welcome all opportunities to share our experiences and skills to protect those who need our help the most.
“We’ve had a fantastic response – from across Scotland - to our offer of free Home Fire Safety Visits and this pilot allows us to extend the impact that these visits have on keeping people safe from harm.”
Scottish Borders Council Executive member for Community Safety Donald Moffatt said: “I am delighted the Scottish Borders Safer Communities team is supporting SFRS in the delivery of this LSITH pilot.
“Fire fighters already play a prominent role in the community offering free Home Fire Safety Visits, but this pilot will offer a wider assessment of relevant risks within the home.”
More information on the Living Safely in the Home (LSITH) is available by phoning 01835 824 728 or email E.Melbcat@firescotland.gov.uk.