Young carers in Sheffield receive fire safety advice

Young carers in Sheffield have received safety advice from the fire service.

A South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue safety team met the carers at the National Emergency Services Museum, West Bar, Sheffield.

Nine young carers from across the city attended the event, with all the youngsters involved in looking after a family member with a physical or mental health condition, a disability or problems with substance misuse.

The event was organised by Sheffield Young Carers - a charity which supports children and young people who provide care for one or more family members.

The charity has operated in Sheffield since 1997.

Community safety co-ordinator Andy Hall, of South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, said: “These young people do an incredible job caring for loved ones, sometimes experiencing some quite complex health issues.

“They often exhibit a maturity beyond their years, taking on extra responsibility around the home.

“From a fire safety perspective, it’s therefore vital that we give them all the support we can to ensure they have all the knowledge they need to help prevent a fire in their home.”

Visit www.syfire.gov.uk for more fire safety advice.