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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Residents urged to book their FREE home fire risk check

Local residents in South Staffordshire who have not yet received their FREE home fire risk check are being urged to book one today!

The message comes following flat fire on Dean Road, Wombourne in which smoke alarms, fitted by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, alerted an elderly lady to a fire in her home.

 The 90 year old female was alerted to the incident on Tuesday evening by smoke alarms which were fitted by Wombourne firefighters. Co-incidentally the same Watch Manager that fitted the smoke alarm was sent to the incident. The incident, which happened at around 8.15pm, involved a kitchen fire in a ground floor flat. The fire had been caused accidentally due to food which had been left unattended on the cooker. The elderly lady was treated by paramedics at the scene, however she didn’t attend hospital.

"As this incident highlights it is so easy for a fire to start without you even realising. Smoke alarms allow those extra crucial minutes for you and your family to get out safely - they really are life savers and we can fit them for you for free. It’s instances like these that are so rewarding - knowing that a smoke alarm we fitted has potentially saved a life."

Katherine Haigh, from South Staffs Risk Reduction Team

Katherine continued, "We would urge anyone in South Staffordshire who hasn’t yet received a home fire risk check to contact us on our FREEPHONE number 0800 0241 999. The visit involves a firefighter or service technician visiting you in your home to fit lifesaving equipment such as smoke alarms and to discuss fire hazards."

Crews, wearing breathing apparatus, used a hose reel jet to tackle the fire and then ventilated the property. No damage was caused, however the property was smoke logged. The incident closed at 8.50pm.