NORTH Wales Fire and Rescue Service is working in partnership with Age Concern North East Wales to help keep the residents of Wrexham as safe as possible in their homes.

Firefighters are working alongside staff from the Options project by Age Concern, ensuring all residents aged 50 or over have access to free advice and guidance on fire safety as well as signposting them for support on a range of household issues.

Paul Whybro, county safety manager for Wrexham, said: “We have been working with the Options project for almost a year now, and by passing on information on what advice and support is available for residents of the borough aged 50 plus, we believe that a large number of our population are now safer in their homes.

“When we visit residents of this age group during our free home fire safety checks, we can pass on contact details for Options and, in the same way, the Options staff can let their clients know about our free home fire safety checks – accessing this advice could both change and save lives.”

Options manager Karen Crane said: “Through our Options programme, we can offer advice and signposting to a number of agencies. Whatever the problem or issue, or if the individual is struggling in any way, we will be there to give free and confidential advice on all kinds of matters. We are here purely to give support to older people, and enable them to remain independent.”

To register for a home fire safety check, call 08001 691234 or visit www.nwales-

The Options programme offers free advice, guidance and signposting for residents aged 50. For more details, call 08450 549822.