PENSIONERS were grilled over the history of Altrincham, local
sport and Coronation Street as part of a new fire safety initiative
run by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service.
Residents at St Andrew's Court retirement home in Hale,
Altrincham, took part in a quiz with Red Watch crews from
Altrincham and Sale Fire Stations on Wednesday, February 22.
Watch Manager Mike O'Neill came up with the idea of holding a
quiz to engage with the older generation by having fun while
getting across vital fire safety messages.
He said: "We were called to the home a couple of weeks ago for a
fire alarm which turned out to be a false alarm but it was a
chance to check everyone was safe. So we have revisited to hold the
quiz and it's something I'm trying to do with all the elderly
peoples' homes we go to now. It's a great opportunity to do
something different and interact with the community."
The residents were quizzed on home fire safety including bedtime
routines, escape routes and chip pans, as well as general knowledge
and other topics.
There were four teams, with a firefighter allocated to each
team, and the winners were Good Companions who will now feature on
the 'Wall of Fame' at Altrincham Fire Station.
Watch Manager O'Neill added: "During the visit, many of the
elderly people also booked Home Safety Checks because they said
their smoke alarms weren't working properly so we'll be back to
carry out those checks.
"They seemed to really enjoy the afternoon and also said that
they had learnt a lot about fire safety."
If you would like a free Home Safety Check, which could include
the fitting of smoke alarms, call 0800 555 815 or visit /fire_safety_advice/home_fire_risk_assessments.aspx