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Fire Safety Awareness in Wolstanton

16/11/2010

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service will be in the Wolstanton area throughout this week raising awareness of fire safety following a fatal fire on Friday night.

"We are constantly trying to raise awareness of the importance of fire safety amongst the elderly but it seems the message isn’t being listened to."

Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive, Peter Dartford

The fire on High Street, Wolstanton involved a first floor flat above a sweet shop. Firefighters found the deceased, an elderly man, in the front room which was severely damaged by fire. An investigation into the cause is still underway, but the fire is not believed to be suspicious.

Firefighters posted awareness leaflets to properties on the High Street over the weekend and will be knocking on doors of properties on Ellison Street, Lily Street and Orchard Street to offer a free Home Fire Risk Check. They will also be hosting a stand on Thursday from 1pm – 4.30pm next to Wolstanton Working Men’s Club. Visitors to the stand can find out more about fire safety in the home and will have the opportunity to book a free Home Fire Risk Check.

Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive Peter Dartford said: "This is the second fatal fire we’ve had in Wolstanton since the start of the year and again this incident involved an elderly person living on their own. We are constantly trying to raise awareness of the importance of fire safety amongst the elderly but it seems the message isn’t being listened to.

"Unfortunately those that are vulnerable don’t always realise they’re at risk and so we need the friends, relatives and neighbours of elderly people to ensure they are safe from fire in their homes – understandably a lot of people lead very busy lifestyles, but just a quick five minute phone call to us or a visit to the stand on Thursday and we can arrange to carry out a free Home Fire Risk Check."

The death is the sixth fire death this year involving an elderly person. The Service launched its Older Person’s campaign last month in response to the increase in fatal fires involving elderly people during the winter months (See Notes to Editor).

As part of the campaign the Service is currently running a competition, calling for people to nominate themselves, or someone they know, whose kindness has had a positive effect on an older person’s life. The winning person will win a relaxing spa day for two at Moddershall Oaks. To be in with a chance of winning, entrants need to ‘like’ Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s brand new Facebook Fansite page http://www.facebook.com/pages/Staffordshire-Fire-andRescue/103694959695016 and post their Kindness competition nomination on the wall by Friday 28th January 2011.

To book a free Home Fire Risk Check contact: 0800 0241 999. In an emergency dial 999.