Further smoke detector funding secured for Careline customers

South Somerset Careline has secured a further £5,000 in funding from Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service to work in partnership to improve home safety.

The grant has been awarded to increase safety in the homes of South Somerset District Council's Careline's customers.

In 2015, Careline was awarded an initial grant to help pay for the installation of smoke alarms in customers' homes.

In the past year, 156 people were referred to the fire service for a Home Safety Visit. 149 free smoke detectors which link directly to Careline's control centre were installed. A direct link to Careline ensures customers will always receive an immediate response in the case of smoke or fire.

The new funding will enable Careline to continue to support vulnerable people by installing a further 250 smoke detectors directly into people's homes.

Station Manager, Matt Evans from Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service, said, "We are really pleased to be working so successfully in partnership with South Somerset Careline. Working together we will continue to help vulnerable people in our community to make their homes safer."

Councillor Sylvia Seal, Portfolio Holder for Careline said, "We are extremely grateful to the Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service for the further funding they have put in to this fantastic initiative. Ensuring more residents of South Somerset have smoke alarms installed is a job well done and increases the safety of our residents."

Crew Manager, Mike Toop added: "I think of it as the three 'M's', which are memory, mobility and medication. They all will affect how a fire could start in the first place, but more so it effects how someone might react when a smoke alarm activates. With a smoke alarm fitted the resident might not register the sound, but Careline would and a response would be ensured."

Careline provides help at the touch of a button and gives that little extra support to people who want to remain living independently for as long as possible while bringing peace of mind to their family and friends.

The service provides an emergency alarm pendant that can be worn at all times, which links to our local control centre where emergency staff are on hand to answer calls 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Relatives can enjoy peace of mind that their loved ones are safe and will get an immediate response whenever they need it.

A free demonstration in the home can be offered and, if you are happy with the service, our staff can connect and set up the unit immediately. Through our Stepping Stones service we provide the alarm free of charge for 6 weeks for patients referred to us when they are discharged from hospital. Alarm rental and monitoring is just £3.82 a week.

To find out more about how Careline can help you, your family or friends, please call 01935 479815, visit www.carelinesouthsomerset.co.uk or email careline@southsomerset.gov.uk.

If you would like to know more about fire safety in the home you can visit www.dsfire.gov.uk/YourSafety/SafetyInTheHome  The web page includes a fire assessment booklet which you can use yourself or discuss with your family. If you would like to talk about the possibility of a home safety visit by the fire and rescue service, please telephone 0800 05 02 999.

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Photo: (left to right) Lynn Clarke (Careline Support Officer) helps to promote the Careline smoke detector scheme with Paul Doble (Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Fire Fighter), Mike Toop (Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service Crew Manager) and Councillor Sylvia Seal.

Date Published: Friday 17 March 2017