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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Praise is given to Good Samaritan's potentially life-saving actions

06/03/2015

Test your smoke alarm

Firefighters have praised the potentially life-saving actions of a Chase Terrace resident who reported a blaze in the home of an older couple.

"This couple had a very lucky escape and it was fortunate that the passer-by heard the smoke alarms activating and immediately dialled 999. This incident once again demonstrates just how vital it is to have smoke detectors in your home and to check them regularly to ensure that they are working. It also shows the impact you can make by being a good citizen and looking out for some of the more vulnerable members of our community." 

Station Manager Roy Daniels

He immediately dialled 999 when he heard the smoke alarms activating in the High Street house. Two crews from Cannock and one each from Lichfield and Chase Terrace wore four breathing apparatus and used two hose reel jets to tackle the fire which broke out in the garage.

The fire was caused when an electrical fault occurred while a mobility scooter was on charge. The elderly male and female were in the property at the time and suffered smoke inhalation. They were taken to hospital by ambulance.

The first appliance arrived at the incident at 6.06pm and the last one left at 12.20am.

Station Manager Roy Daniels said the Good Samaritan’s quick actions may have saved the couple’s life.

He added: "This couple had a very lucky escape and it was fortunate that the passer-by heard the smoke alarms activating and immediately dialled 999. This incident once again demonstrates just how vital it is to have smoke detectors in your home and to check them regularly to ensure that they are working. It also shows the impact you can make by being a good citizen and looking out for some of the more vulnerable members of our community.

"The fire and rescue service had recommended the couple’s home to be fitted with a lifeline system which activated when the smoke alarms went off. This prompted the operators to report the incident to Fire Control just one minute after the initial call had been placed. This type of assistive technology is proving to be a vital in keeping older and vulnerable people safe in their homes.

"I would stress the importance of never leaving electrical appliances on overnight or while you are out of the house, other than those designed to do so such as fridges and freezers."

In the wake of the fire, crews are currently visiting properties in the surrounding area offering free Home Fire Risk Checks (HFRCs). During the HFRCs, they 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 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 can replace single point responders in fuse boxes if necessary.

People who are concerned about fire safety in their home, or in the property of someone they know, can book a HFRC by calling Freephone 0800 0241 999, texting 07528 983101 or visiting www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/bookyourhfrc.asp