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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Kitchen fire sparks HFRC push in Huntington

08/10/2014

Test Your Smoke Alarm

Crews are visiting homes in Huntington to offer potentially life-saving Home Fire Risk Checks following a kitchen fire in the area.

"It is absolutely vital that people have smoke alarms in their homes and that they are tested regularly to make sure they are working should an emergency occur." 

Carmel Warren - Prevention Manager for the west of the county

Firefighters are keen to highlight the importance of having working smoke alarms fitted after investigations revealed there were none in the Fern Road house.

They are calling on residents who are concerned about fire safety or who do not have smoke detectors to take up the offer a free 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. They can also fit new smoke alarms.

Carmel Warren, Prevent Manager for the west of the county, said: "It is absolutely vital that people have smoke alarms in their homes and that they are tested regularly to make sure they are working should an emergency occur.

"We have had a number of very serious incidents in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent where people have been alerted to a blaze because their smoke alarms have activated.

"The resident of the Fern Road house had a very lucky escape because he noticed that the grill pan had caught fire. If he hadn’t seen it and immediately left the property, the consequences could have been far more serious. I would urge anyone who is concerned about fire safety in their home or who does not have working smoke alarms fitted to contact us straight away. That phone call could literally save your and your family’s life."

Crews from Cannock and Stafford attended the incident just after 6.50pm on September 28. They fitted new smoke detectors in the house before leaving the scene at around 7.20pm.

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