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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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