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Firefighters Offer Safety Advice to Biddulph Moor Residents

05/03/2012

Firefighters are offering safety advice to Biddulph Moor residents following a fire which took the lives of an elderly couple yesterday evening.

“This double tragedy has hit the community, including the local Biddulph firefighters, hard. We’d urge people to take us up on the offer of a free Home Fire Risk Check, so we can help prevent further tragedies taking place."

Station Manager, Dave Steele.

Firefighters will be visiting the areas around Biddulph Moor as part of the Service’s After the Fire programme. The After the Fire programme involves firefighters visiting residents in the areas surrounding the location of a house fire, to offer them a free Home Fire Risk Check. If no one is home, a leaflet or postcard is left providing the occupier with a freephone number to call to arrange a check.

Station Manager, Dave Steele said: “This double tragedy has hit the community, including the local Biddulph firefighters, hard. We’d urge people to take us up on the offer of a free Home Fire Risk Check, so we can help prevent further tragedies taking place. Many people like to think they know what to do in the case of a fire; however we often find that people forget which is why it is always useful to have a refresher with the latest advice and guidance. A check doesn’t take long; half an hour of your time may just save the lives of you and your family.

“We’re aware that there are a high proportion of older residents in this rural area and it is these people in particular we’d encourage to engage with both us and our partners, so we can ensure they are as safe as possible in their homes. Sadly older people are more vulnerable to fire because they are often less mobile and so find it more difficult to escape when a fire occurs, as this tragic incident has highlighted.”