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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Don't Tackle Fires - Calls the Experts

21/07/2011

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service have issued a reminder to residents in Staffordshire not to attempt to tackle fire themselves.

"We would advise people not to try and tackle fires themselves, even if you think it’s only a small fire it could quite quickly and easily develop."

Station Manager, Dermot Hogan

The reminder comes following a kitchen fire on Sheridan Street in Stafford at 8.15pm last night where a female occupant attempted to put the fire out herself.

Crews from Rising Brook and Stafford were called to the property following reports of a kitchen fire. A woman and her son were waiting outside when firefighters arrived, however the woman had tried to put out the pan fire with a wet tea towel and the tea towel had also caught fire.

Station Manager, Dermot Hogan said: "The lady’s son has been cooking his tea when fat accidentally ignited. She attempted to tackle the fire using a wet tea towel however the tea towel then caught fire.

"The lady and her son were unharmed however we would advise people not to try and tackle fires themselves, even if you think it’s only a small fire it could quite quickly and easily develop.

"Our advice is in the event of a kitchen fire, turn the power off if it is safe to do so then get out of the house, closing the kitchen door behind you to help contain the fire to the one room, then call us and we’ll come and safely deal with it.

"The lady had closed the kitchen door before leaving the house with her son so this did limit the damage done and kept smoke damage to the property to a minimum however she is lucky she was not hurt trying to tackle the fire herself so we say just don’t do it – don’t take the risk."

The property did have working smoke alarms and crews spent time delivering ‘After the Fire’ postcards to neighbouring properties, which urge people to book their free Home Fire Risk Check.