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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Potentially life-saving advice given to Tunstall residents following fatal fire

19/03/2014

Crews will be meeting members of the community in Tunstall tomorrow to give residents potentially life-saving advice following a fatal fire in the area.

"I would urge anyone who hasn’t already taken the opportunity to have a Home Fire Risk Check to book one as soon as possible. They are free of charge, don’t take long to do and have literally been known to save lives." 

Donna Broadhead - Prevent Manager for the north of the county

A man and two dogs were discovered at a property on Wyreley Way just after 11am on Sunday, March 16. Sadly, they had all died.

The fire started accidentally after cooking was left unattended on the hob.

Firefighters, Community Safety Officers and fire service volunteers will have a high profile presence in the area 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.

The team will also fit free smoke alarms in homes that do not already have them or will replace detectors if they are installed but don’t work.

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

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

Prevent Manager for the north of the county Donna Broadhead said: “I would urge anyone who hasn’t already taken the opportunity to have a Home Fire Risk Check to book one as soon as possible. They are free of charge, don’t take long to do and have literally been known to save lives.

“People can gain vital safety advice during the visits including potential escape routes should a fire break out in their property. I cannot stress enough the importance of getting out of a building immediately when you become aware of a fire. Do not try to put it out yourself, dial 999 and leave firefighting to the experts.”