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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Community commended for HFRC take-up

06/06/2014

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Firefighters have had a positive response to their offer of a free Home Fire Risk Check following a fatal fire at a house in Stafford.

"HFRCs have literally saved lives in Staffordshire and I would urge anyone who has concerns about home safety to contact us and to book an appointment as soon as possible. They don’t take long to do but they do have a long lasting effect."

Carmel Warren - Prevention Manager for the west of the county

A 53-year-old woman sadly died in the incident at Tamar Grove on Wednesday, May 14.

A fire investigation revealed the incident was caused by a cigarette which had been dropped onto a settee and started smouldering before developing into a larger fire.

Crews have since visited properties in the area and nine have now benefitted from a HFRC as a result of the ‘After the Fire’ initiative.

Carmel Warren, Prevention Manager for the west of the county, said: “Our crews were out in force following the tragic incident in Tamar Grove. The aim is to educate people about potential risks that can be found in the home and to offer advice on how these dangers can be minimised. We also work with residents to help them plan an escape route should they find themselves in an emergency situation.

“HFRCs have literally saved lives in Staffordshire and I would urge anyone who has concerns about home safety to contact us and to book an appointment as soon as possible. They don’t take long to do but they do have a long lasting effect.”

To book a HFRC call Freephone 0800 0241 999, text 07528 983101 or visit www.staffordshire.gov.uk/bookyour hfrc.asp