GREATER Manchester Fire and Rescue Service has launched a Silver
Selfie campaign during Ageing Safely Week to help stop older people
becoming victims of fire.
The Service is asking people to go and check on their older
friends, family and neighbours and help them test their smoke
Kind-hearted participants can then post a picture of themselves
and the older person they have helped on social media using the
hash tag #silverselfie.
Councillor David Acton, Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and
Rescue Authority said: "People over the age of 60 have accounted
for almost half of all fire fatalities in the last six years and
that age group accounts for less than 20 per cent of the population
of Greater Manchester.
"We all have older family members, friends and neighbours who
might struggle with their mobility and need our help from time to
"If you're popping round to you nan's house for tea or checking
on an elderly neighbour then test their smoke alarm and post a
#silverselfie on social media to encourage other people to do the
GMFRS carries out a range of services to help older people
including volunteering opportunities, free Home Safety Checks and
referrals for older people with complex needs who need help from
Community safety staff across Greater Manchester will be
visiting lunch clubs, care homes and community centres to offer
fire safety advice to older citizens all week.
On October 1 - National Older People's Day - GMFRS will be
signing a partnership agreement with the Alzheimer's Society.
Staff and volunteers for the Alzheimer's Society across Greater
Manchester have been trained in fire safety and will be referring
their clients who need help to GMFRS.
If you know an older person who could benefit from a free Home
Safety Check, which may include the fitting of smoke alarms,
please contact GMFRS on 0800 555 815 or visit