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Hair straighteners spark blaze

22/10/2013

Firefighters have tackled a blaze that broke out in a bedroom at a Knypersley home.

"It is vital that after using hair straighteners, you turn them off at the socket and unplug them immediately. They can reach up to 200 degrees so should always be treated with extreme care and left to cool on a heat proof surface. By taking these simple steps, you could avoid devastating consequences."

Station Manager Carl Mason

Crews from Sandyford and Biddulph were alerted to the incident in Conway Road at 6.01pm yesterday.

They used four breathing apparatus and hose reel jets to extinguish the fire which was caused accidentally by a pair of hair straighteners that had not been switched off at the socket.

The bedroom was severely damaged as a result of the blaze and the rest of the property was affected by smoke.

The occupants had evacuated the bungalow by the time crews arrived. Firefighters left the scene at 8.58pm.

Station Manager Carl Mason said: “It is vital that after using hair straighteners, you turn them off at the socket and unplug them immediately. They can reach up to 200 degrees so should always be treated with extreme care and left to cool on a heat proof surface. By taking these simple steps, you could avoid devastating consequences.

“Luckily, in this case, one of the occupants was alerted to the smoke, vacated the property and dialled 999. However, the bungalow has been badly damaged as a result of the fire.”

Residents are being encouraged to ‘Push the Button’ on their smoke alarms once a week to ensure that they are in good working order.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service offers free Home Fire Risk Checks where members of the team visit people in their homes, offering safety advice and fitting smoke alarms.

The freephone number to ring to request a check is 0800 0241 999 and a mutually convenient time will be set for the visit to take place.

All members of staff carry an identity card. Although checks to the elderly and vulnerable are prioritised, the service is open to everyone.