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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Cannock Couple Safer in Their Home

24/02/2011

A Cannock couple are safer from fire in their homes, following a visit from firefighters.

"We’re extremely glad that we did have the Fire Service over as we now know what is safe to do and what isn’t in our home, it was a very informative and even better was it was all completely free!"

Mr Dave Mobley from Hednesford

The parents of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Kindness Day Competition winner have had today their free Home Fire Risk Check from Cannock firefighters.

Mr and Mrs Mobley from Mount Avenue in Hednesford collected the spa prize on behalf of their daughter, Sue Matejtschuk who has entered the competition on Staffordshire Fire and Service’s Facebook fan page.

Cannock crews then checked to see if the family had already received a free Home Risk Check and when it was confirmed they hadn’t, contacted them straight away.

Risk Reduction Manager, Wes Southall said: "As soon as we found out that Mr and Mrs Mobley hadn’t had their free Home Fire Risk Check we arranged to pop over and carry one out for them.

"Home Fire Risk Checks can help firefighters to spot potential fire hazards in the home and during the check anything hazardous will be pointed out to the residents and safety advice given. We will also ensure that the property we are assessing has working smoke alarms and if not, we will fit them ourselves."

Mr Mobley said: "We’ve never thought to have a Home Fire Risk Check before as we have always assumed that we are safe in our home and it wouldn’t happen to us with me being an ex-firefighter.

"We’re extremely glad that we did have the Fire Service over as we now know what is safe to do and what isn’t in our home, it was a very informative and even better was it was all completely free!"

Wes added: "Mr Mobley served as a firefighter at Tipton Fire Station from 1958 to 1962 and so of course was clued up about most fire hazards however he and his wife were unaware that they needed to clear the fluff from their tumble dryer on a regular basis and also didn’t realise leaving appliances plugged in and turned on was a potential fire hazard.

"We have given them plenty of advice and fitted two new smoke alarms for them to ensure they are as safe as possible in their home."