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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Community is commended for HFRC take-up

25/04/2014

Fire appliance
Fire appliance

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

"It is good news that more than half of the residents in the surrounding area have taken up our offer of a free Home Fire Risk Check and I would urge the remaining neighbours to do the same when crews return to visit them. I cannot stress how vital the HFRCs have proven to be in many house fires that have occurred in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent." 

Donna Broadhead - Prevention Manager for the north of the county

A 76-year-old woman sadly died in the incident at Barratt Gardens shortly after 11am on Friday, April 18.

A fire investigation revealed the incident was caused by a cigarette igniting an armchair.

Crews have since visited properties in the area and 11 – more than half of the total number of homes - have now benefitted from a HFRC as a result of the ‘After the Fire’ initiative.

Firefighters will revisit the remaining nine bungalows, which are believed to have been empty when they initially called round, to ensure everyone has the opportunity to take-up the offer.

Donna Broadhead, Prevention Manager for the north of the county, said: "Our crews have been out in the community following the tragic accident in Barratt Gardens last week. Their aim is to educate people about potential risks that can be posed in the home, to advise on how to minimise these dangers and to work with residents on planning an escape route should a fire break out.

"It is good news that more than half of the residents in the surrounding area have taken up our offer of a free Home Fire Risk Check and I would urge the remaining neighbours to do the same when crews return to visit them. I cannot stress how vital the HFRCs have proven to be in many house fires that have occurred in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent."

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