Firefighters are working with the City of Wolverhampton Council's Meals on Wheels service to offer safety and wellbeing checks to customers.

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Operational firefighters from West Midlands Fire Service carry out Safe and Well visits to vulnerable people around Wolverhampton, and have written to all Meals on Wheels customers inviting them to have a free check.

During the Safe and Well checks, firefighters talk to residents about fire safety in the home, ensure smoke alarms are working and correctly positioned and fit free smoke alarms if necessary.

With the resident's agreement, the Safe and Well checks also cover a range of issues and topics, including health and wellbeing, mobility and falls, mental health, loneliness and social isolation, road safety and home security.

Group Commander David Baker of West Midlands Fire Service said: "Our partnership with the City of Wolverhampton Council contributes directly to our vision of making the West Midlands Safer, Stronger and Healthier.

"The links we have forged with the Meals on Wheels service will help us reach many of our more vulnerable residents and to share safety advice with them."

Councillor Sandra Samuels OBE, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Adult Services, said: "We are pleased to be supporting West Midlands Fire Service to offer these important Safe and Well checks to our Meals on Wheels customers.

"The Safe and Well checks are having a hugely positive impact on people's personal safety. They not only cover the physical risks of fire in a home, but also consider health, social and lifestyle factors, all of which can have an affect on someone's ability to live independently for longer in their own home."

Safe and Well visits are carried out by operational firefighters from Wolverhampton's fire stations and take no more than an hour. For more information about safety in the home, please visit Type=links;Linkid=7454;Title=Your Safety - West Midlands Fire Service;Target=_blank;. To find out if you or someone you know is eligible for a Safe and Well visit, please call 0800 389 5525.

The Meals on Wheels service is open to everyone and provides customers with hot meals and afternoon teas, as well as frozen meals they can cook in their own time.

For more information about the Meals on Wheels service, including example menus, please visit Type=articles;Articleid=8021;Title=Meals on Wheels; or call 01902 556677.

  • released: Tuesday 9 August, 2016