Firefighters are urging people to check their smoke alarms following a house fire in Milton at 8.10am this morning. The smoke alarm battery was flat and did not operate.
"We cannot stress how important it is to regularly test your smoke alarms. It’s all very well having them fitted but they are pointless if they don’t work."
Stoke-on-Trent Assistant Area Commander, Glynn Luznyj
The ground floor of the property on Leek Road has been left smoke damaged following a fire in the garage, caused by charging electric drills overheating and setting fire to surrounding combustible materials.
The occupant was only alerted to the fire when they smelt smoke, as despite having two smoke alarms fitted, the ground floor alarm did not work.
Crews from Hanley and Burslem arrived on scene to find the occupants already outside and entered the property wearing breathing apparatus to extinguish the fire using one hose reel jet.
Stoke-on-Trent Assistant Area Commander, Glynn Luznyj said: "We cannot stress how important it is to regularly test your smoke alarms. It’s all very well having them fitted but they are pointless if they don’t work.
"The occupier was lucky to have been home and smelt the smoke before the fire could escalate further. However the ground floor of the property still required ventilating and there has been some damage to the garage area.
“We urge people to test their smoke alarms weekly – it takes a few seconds to push the button and could save your life."
Crews ensured both smoke alarms were working before leaving the scene at 9.10am.
Firefighters will be rev-visiting the Milton area over the next few days as part of the ‘After the Fire’ strategy where they will be going door to door offering people advice and the opportunity to book their free Home Fire Risk Checks.
Glynn Luznyj added: "We urge people to take us up on the free Home Fire Risk Checks because this will help to identify any potential fire hazards in your home that you may not be ware of. We will also ensure you have properly working smoke alarms and replace or fit them where required."