Elderly man’s death raises fire safety issues
Posted 12/01/2016 by Macdonald Martin Ltd.
An elderly man has died in a fire at sheltered accommodation, prompting urgent reminders to check the fire safety of those who are at risk. Investigations are still ongoing at the Badgers Vale Court retirement home which is located in the Podsmead area of Gloucester. The fire is not being treated as suspicious.
This tragedy which occurred on the 6th of January 2016, has caused a stir with recent statistics finding that over fifties are twice as likely to suffer from a fatality in house fire; of which these chances increase again for over eighties. This can be due to a number of things such as reduced mobility as well as the fact many elderly people live alone. It is now being urged that fire alarms are checked as well as fire escape routes planned for the elderly.
If you want to find out more about ensuring the fire safety of elderly friends or relatives or if you are a landlord and concerned about your property, call us on 0191 523 7870.