Life-saving alarm demonstration in Sheffield

Coun Jenny Armstrong, left, with Ellie Bennett, of Wicker Mobility Shop.
Coun Jenny Armstrong, left, with Ellie Bennett, of Wicker Mobility Shop.
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Council bosses say a new emergency alarm demonstration site in Sheffield could help save lives.

Sheffield Council runs the City Wide Care Alarms service, where people can press a button from their home in an emergency and be linked directly to a monitoring centre where help can be arranged.

Now the council has linked with Wicker Mobility Shop, in the city centre, to show off the system – allowing people to try before they buy.

Coun Mary Lea, council cabinet member for independent living, said: “Sometimes people are hesitant about having the service.

“When Wicker Mobility Shop offered space in its showroom for some of our equipment, we felt it would be a great opportunity for people to see the range of equipment firsthand.

“Customers can be sure there is no financial incentive for staff to ‘push’ the service or equipment, so they will get independent information.

“With more people able to see how it works, we feel more lives could be saved.”

Ellie Bennett, from the store on Wicker, said: “Not only do we have the general CWCA equipment to demonstrate, we can also show some of their additional sensors available.

“These include flood detectors and property exit sensors.”