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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Tunstall community is commended for HFRC take-up

04/04/2014

Firefighters have had a positive response to their offer of a free Home Fire Risk Check following a house blaze in Tunstall.

"It is very encouraging that so many people have taken us up on the offer of a free Home Fire Risk Check. I would urge anyone who has not done so already, to contact us and book in for a visit as soon as possible." 

Donna Broadhead - Prevention Manager for the north of the county

 A 30-year-old man sadly lost his life in the fire which started when cooking was accidently left on the hob unattended at his home on Wyreley Way on Saturday, March 15.

Crews from Sandyford have since visited all of the surrounding streets including Hatherton Avenue, Carsington Drive, Essington Way and Wyreley Way itself.

A total of 22 households have benefitted from a HFRC as a result of the ‘After the Fire’ work carried out by firefighters and community safety officers.

Donna Broadhead, Prevention Manager for the north of the county, said: “The fire at Wyreley Way was both tragic and extremely sad for the entire community. Following the incident, our crews have been out in the area, knocking doors and highlighting potential safety risks in people’s homes, offering advice on how to escape in an emergency and fitting smoke alarms in properties without them.

“It is very encouraging that so many people have taken us up on the offer of a free Home Fire Risk Check. I would urge anyone who has not done so already, to contact us and book in for a visit as soon as possible.”

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 HFRC by calling Freephone 0800 0241 999, texting 07528 983101 or visiting www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/bookyourhfrc.asp