With Gas Safety Week and World Alzheimer’s Day both taking place next week, the subject of how we help the more vulnerable people in our society to live independently is set to be widely discussed. It is also top of the agenda at a new show, Home Safety 2016, which will run alongside The Emergency Services Show from 21-22 September at the NEC in Birmingham. In the first event of its kind, emergency services, health and social care professionals will share details of how they are collaborating to help people live safely in their homes, and specialist equipment will be showcased.
Home Safety’s free two-day seminar programme includes a session on building a dementia-friendly fire service, led by Rob Cherrie, Station Manager, County Durham & Darlington Fire & Rescue Service and Andy Ball, Dementia Action Alliance Project Manager, Alzheimer’s Society. Rob and Andy will show how referrals to the Alzheimer’s Society have changed people’s lives and discuss dementia training and support networks for the emergency services. In a separate session Steve Chu, Chief Executive, Age UK will explain how local Age UK branches can be instrumental in reducing demand on the emergency services. Delegates can also learn more about the role of technology-enabled care in fire and health, and a “Winter Pressure” pilot to deliver targeted home visits to households vulnerable to falls, cold homes, flu and social isolation.
Gas safety will be covered on day two when experts from public health, fire and the Gas Safe Register will discuss the health impacts of Carbon Monoxide exposure and explain how they are working to promote gas safety within the home.
Companies, organisations and emergency services who will be available to speak to visitors in the Home Safety 2016 exhibition include Alzheimer’s Society, CFOA BlueWatch, Cleveland Fire Brigade, Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service Fire as a Health Asset, Humberside Fire & Rescue, Leicestershire Fire & Rescue Service – Community Safety, Mangar Health, MPL Locksmith Training, National Grid, North Wales Fire & Rescue Service, Plumis – The Automist Innovators, Retractalarm, Royal Society for Public Health, TSA (the voice for technology-enabled care) and West Midlands Fire Service.
“The work of the fire and rescue service grows ever more diverse, particularly in the areas of health, wellbeing and prevention. We are delighted that so many fire and rescue services and their partners are sharing their experiences with us, so that we can showcase the excellent work being done in the area for the first time,” says David Brown, Event Director for Home Safety 2016 and The Emergency Services Show.
Home Safety 2016 is supported by the Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) and the Fire Kills campaign. Visitor entry, seminar theatres and parking are all free.
To register for free entry visit www.homesafetyshow.co.uk