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Fire-proof bedding helps protect Bromley vulnerable resident

PUBLISHED: 09:43 26 May 2017

Clive Knowles (left) with Bromley's London Fire Brigade borough commander Terry Gooding

Clive Knowles (left) with Bromley's London Fire Brigade borough commander Terry Gooding

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It is part of a London-wide support fund

A fund set up to help vulnerable people across the capital has helped to protect a Bromley man from the risk of fire.

London Fire Brigade has handed out more than 10,000 fire retardant bedding packs, night dresses, sofa throws and other fire prevention kits to help protect those most at risk.

Last year, two thirds of people who died in accidental fires lived alone, and more than a third had mental health issues.

One in three accidental fires were caused by smoking.

Bromley resident Clive Knowles was identified by the council as vulnerable, and has now benefited from the Brigade’s Community Safety Investment Fund.

He said: “The Brigade came to visit me at home and gave me some helpful reminders about looking after myself and the fire risks when smoking at home.

“I know I shouldn’t smoke and fall asleep but in case it does happen, having some fire retardant bedding gives me some peace of mind.”

London Fire Brigade assistant commissioner for fire safety Dan Daly said: “In the first six weeks of this year, five of the seven fatal fires in London had no working smoke alarms fitted in their homes which just shows how important simple fire prevention measures are.

“Our crews know their local community well and they know who is most at risk. This fund allowed Borough Commanders to apply for bespoke fire prevention projects to help those who would have difficulty escaping a fire because they may have trouble walking or perhaps they have a history of falling asleep while smoking.

“Modern firefighting is about more than responding to fires, we want to stop them from happening in the first place.”

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