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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Blurton community is commended for HFRC take-up

28/01/2014

Firefighters have had a positive response to their offer of a free Home Fire Risk Check following a fatal blaze at a Blurton flat.

"We are really pleased with the community’s take up of Home Fire Risk Checks following the tragedy that occurred in the flats last week. As part of our ‘After the Fire’ initiative, crews have been busy knocking on doors in the area, highlighting potential safety risks in people’s homes, offering advice and fitting working smoke alarms in properties without them." 

Prevention Manager for the north of the county Donna Broadhead

A 70-year-old woman sadly lost her life in the fire which started after discarded cigarette ends ignited piles of newspaper in the Ripon Road apartment on Sunday, January 19.

The flat was not fitted with smoke alarms.

Crews from Longton have since visited all of the apartments in Barker House, which was the scene of the incident. Twelve out of the 30 homes have benefited from a HFRC as a result of the ‘After the Fire’ initiative.

Firefighters had previously carried out a further 12 HFRCs in the block of flats following a small fire that occurred in the building last June.

Crews have also carried out five HFRCs at the neighbouring apartment block, Bell House. They are continuing to work in the area, encouraging people to take up the offer of a HFRC.

Donna Broadhead, Prevention Manager for the north of the county, said: "We are really pleased with the community’s take up of Home Fire Risk Checks following the tragedy that occurred in the flats last week.

"As part of our ‘After the Fire’ initiative, crews have been busy knocking on doors in the area, highlighting potential safety risks in people’s homes, offering advice and fitting working smoke alarms in properties without them.

"There are some residents, however, who initially declined our offer and a few occupants that were not at home when we called round. I would strongly urge all of these people to contact us to book a Home Fire Risk Check. They are free, convenient and have the potential to save lives."

During the HFRC visits, crew members or trained technicians check every room in the property for potential fire hazards and speak to residents about their everyday behaviour in the home. Using this information, they try to identify anything that may increase the risk of a fire.

People are being encouraged to book a HFRC by calling Freephone 0800 0241 999, texting 07528 983101 or visiting www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/bookyourhfrc.asp