Tenants with mental health needs given safety advice by fire crews

Firefighters offer safety advice to tenants at Norman Russell House, Milton Keynes.

Firefighters offer safety advice to tenants at Norman Russell House, Milton Keynes.

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Fire crews have visited tenants at a Milton Keynes supported housing scheme to help them understand with fire safety.

Staff at Sanctuary Supported Living’s (SSL) Norman Russell House, a scheme for people with mental health needs, had organised the visit, so tenants could pick up some useful fire safety tips in a familiar atmosphere.

Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service officers chatted with tenants and shared some advice on minimising the risk of starting fires, as well as visiting individual rooms to speak one-to-one about specific fire prevention techniques and safe evacuation procedures.

Clients at the scheme also had the chance to see two of the service’s vehicles – a fire engine with a water tank and hose and a second with an extendible ladder – and given the opportunity to have their photo taken with them and the crews.

Service manager Ales Chaloupka said: “We have a good working relationship with Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue and we were delighted they agreed to come and visit our tenants.

“Mental health needs can occasionally prevent people from fully appreciating the risks posed by fire and we wanted to be sure we addressed this in a fun and engaging way for tenants – this visit has been crucial in providing education on this vital topic.”