Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is issuing a warning to Staffordshire residents not to tackle fires. The warning comes following a fatal fire last week.
"We would urge people never to tackle fires, no matter how small the fire is or if you think you can handle it yourself, please don’t. It isn’t worth the risk."
Group Manager, Mick Archer
An 88-year-old woman sadly died in the house fire on Cherry Tree Road, Stapenhill following an accidental kitchen fire.
Group Manager, Mick Archer said: "This was a tragic accident following which an elderly lady lost her life. It appears that a fire started in the kitchen of her property and she attempted to tackle the fire herself, however her clothing caught fire which led to her receiving fatal injuries.
"We would urge people never to tackle fires, no matter how small the fire is or if you think you can handle it yourself, please don’t. It isn’t worth the risk.
"We understand that a fire in the home is a very traumatic and frightening experience and a lot of people try to save their home and possessions, however the most important thing to save is your life.
"If a fire occurs, close the door to that room if it is safe to do so then get out or get to a safe area of the property if you can’t get outside and call the fire service. Do not attempt to go back into the property or tackle the fire yourself, leave that to us.
"This incident also highlights the reason why we are supporting a legislation change for sprinklers to be fitted as standard in all new properties. Only by having homes fitted with sprinklers are we likely to reach a position in which no-one is ever injured or killed in house fires. The National Assembly for Wales have recognised this, which is why they have now introduced legislation, we would like to see similar legislation introduced here in England."
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is supporting an e-petition to make sprinklers compulsory in all new dwellings. To pledge your support for the petition visit http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/ and search for sprinklers.