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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Accidental Fires Decrease in Lichfield

Accidental dwelling fires in Lichfield have decreased over April to September this year compared to last year’s figures.

"Although we are pleased to see a reduction in the number of accidental fires in the Lichfield area we will continue working towards reducing the numbers even more and continuing to keep our communities safe."

Carmel Warren, Community Safety Manager

Between April and September 2009 there were 29 accidental house fires, with 15 of those being cooking related fires. This year, there have been 14 fires over the same period with six of those fires being cooking related.

Carmel Warren, Community Safety Manager for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "Although we are pleased to see a reduction in the number of accidental fires in the Lichfield area we will continue working towards reducing the numbers even more and continuing to keep our communities safe.

"Some accidental fires, such as electrical faults, are usually an unpredictable hazard however a Home Fire Risk Check does help to identify potential fire risks so we would urge anyone who hasn’t already booked one to do it now."

The most common causes of accidental house fires so far this year have been cooking left unattended or cooking related fires, electrical faults and smoking.

Carmel added: "We would like to remind everyone to remain in the kitchen whilst cooking and ensure appliances are turned off before leaving the room. It is important to have electrical items checked at least yearly by an expert to help prevent electrical faults. Also, anyone smoking in the home should ensure they have fully extinguished their cigarettes before discarding, as a smouldering cigarette can start a fire quite quickly which can easily spread."