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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Emergency Call Reminder

04/04/2011

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is reminding people that they must call the fire service in an emergency situation if people are at risk.

 

"Whilst we do charge for certain lock outs, in this situation the toddler was at risk because the food cooking had the potential to overheat and ignite and so it was important for us to gain access immediately.”  

Assistant Area Commander, Simon Craythorn.

The reminder comes following an incident that firefighters from Stone and Stafford attended last Friday lunch time at a property in Stone.

A woman was at home with her 20 month old daughter cooking dinner when she became locked out of her house after stepping outside momentarily.  The door closed behind her leaving the young child inside the house with food still cooking under the grill.

The lady hesitated to call the fire service as she believed that she would be charged for calling them out.

Assistant Area Commander for Stafford, Simon Craythorn said:”Members of the public should not fear ringing the fire service in the event of an emergency if people are at risk. Whilst we do charge for certain lock outs, in this situation the toddler was at risk because the food cooking had the potential to overheat and ignite and so it was important for us to gain access immediately.”

Firefighters used specialist hand tools to gain access to the property and the child was reunited with her mother unharmed.

Firefighters left the scene at 1.24pm.