Derby’s most vulnerable older people may be offered special safety checks to reduce the risk of a fire in their home.

Council Leader Ranjit Banwait is writing personally to more than 4,500 pensioners who benefit from the assisted bin service because of their frailty.

The letter is alerting residents that they have been prioritised and may receive a visit from Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service.

The Service offers free Safe & Well checks, with the emphasis on helping people who are aged over 65 and may have reduced mobility.

Uniformed fire officers provide advice on reducing the risk of fire, fit free smoke alarms and other safety equipment if needed, and can also put people in touch with other support services.

Councillor Banwait said:

This is a very important service which helps to keep safe some of the most vulnerable people in our city. I’m sending these letters because I want to reassure residents that these visits are genuine, and to encourage them to take advantage of a Safe & Well check.”

The Fire & Rescue Service’s Area Manager for Community Safety Alex Johnson said:

It is recognised that there is a direct link between the health and wellbeing of a person and their vulnerability to the risk of fire and this is why the Service carries out Safe & Wells checks. By working closely with the City Council, we’re able to identify some of the most vulnerable people in Derby, and advise them that they may be visited. All fire service employees carry identification cards, but if anyone is in any doubt about a caller they can contact our Headquarters for confirmation.”

You can access the Safe and Well leaflet here