Reducing Fire Risk and Increasing Health and Wellbeing #Stoptober

Councillor Zahid Chauhan attended a Stoptober awareness event (held on October 3rd) in Oldham Town Centre hosted by Turning Point, Oldham Stop Smoking Service and Greater Manchester Fire Rescue Service.

Cllr Chauhan, Positive Steps and Turning Point signed a plaque to show each organisations’ commitment to reducing substance misuse and fire risk.

Smoking is the top cause of accidental fire deaths nationally and in Greater Manchester. In Greater Manchester, approximately 50-per-cent of fire deaths are smoking related.

For people who smoke, the best way to prevent a smoking-related fire is to quit – and quitting smoking can improve health straight away.

Councillor Chauhan, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said:

“We are working hard to improve the health of our residents. Stoptober is a great opportunity for smokers across Oldham to quit together alongside friends, family and thousands of other people in our area. Quitting is the single best thing you can do for your health and with the help of Oldham Stop Smoking Service, the campaign’s support and motivation I am sure we will have another successful Stoptober. Smoking related deaths can be avoided. Our partnership will improve the health and wellbeing of residents who are at increased risk of fire in the home, by providing GMFRS Safe and Well visits, mitigating health risks through brief advice, in relation to home safety, smoke free homes and cars.”

For more information on the event please visit Turning Point’s website here.

For more information on how to stop smoking visit here www.oldham.gov.uk/stop_smoking