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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Potentially life-saving advice given to Cannock residents following severe house fire

14/03/2014

Crews have been meeting members of the community in Cannock to give residents potentially life-saving advice following a severe fire in the area.

"I would urge anyone who hasn’t benefited from a Home Fire Risk Check to book one as soon as possible, they have literally been known to save lives. Firefighters or experienced technicians identify safety hazards, fit smoke alarms in properties that don’t currently have them and discuss possible escape routes should an emergency occur. I cannot stress enough the importance of getting out of a building immediately when you become aware of a fire and to dial 999 as soon as possible. Do not try to tackle it yourself, leave that to the experts." 

Prevent Manager for the west of the county Carmel Warren

A woman and her dog were rescued from a property on Wood Lane in Wedges Mills on Wednesday afternoon.

Fire Control received a call at 1.40pm reporting the fire which started in the downstairs bedroom.

The lady was given first aid at the scene before being taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham by ambulance.

Firefighters, Community Safety Officers and fire service volunteers have had a high profile presence in Wedges Mills in the wake of the fire, reassuring residents and offering free Home Fire Risk Checks (HFRC).

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

The Service has also been putting up posters featuring safety advice as well as distributing leaflets at local shops, community centres and public buildings.

Prevent Manager for the west of the county Carmel Warren said: “I would urge anyone who hasn’t benefited from a Home Fire Risk Check to book one as soon as possible, they have literally been known to save lives.

"Firefighters or experienced technicians identify safety hazards, fit smoke alarms in properties that don’t currently have them and discuss possible escape routes should an emergency occur. I cannot stress enough the importance of getting out of a building immediately when you become aware of a fire and to dial 999 as soon as possible. Do not try to tackle it yourself, leave that to the experts.

"It is vital that plans are put in place so that people are as prepared as they can be. It is also important for members of the community to look out for each other, particularly if they have vulnerable or older friends, family or neighbours who may not be aware of potential risks within the home, just by taking a few minutes out of your day to highlight any issues could have a major impact."