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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Crews carry out 13 HFRCs following fatal fire

09/03/2015

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Crews have given potentially life-saving advice to residents in 13 homes following a fatal fire in Meir.

"The crews have visited homes in Meir to reassure residents and give potentially life-saving advice. They have carried out 13 free Home Fire Risk Checks where they highlighted any potential hazards, discussed escape routes and made sure that properties had working smoke alarms." 

Tracey Preston - Watch Manager for Prevent in the north of the county

Firefighters carried out 13 Home Fire Risk Checks in Old School Lane where a 62-year-old man sadly died on February 15. There are 15 properties on that road.

The fire was caused by a refillable butane cigarette lighter, which accidently set light to the man’s clothing.

Tracey Preston, Watch Manager for Prevent in the north of the county, said: "This man lost his life in very sad circumstances and we are committed to working with the community to ensure a similar tragedy does not happen.

"The crews have visited homes in Meir to reassure residents and give potentially life-saving advice. They have carried out 13 free Home Fire Risk Checks where they highlighted any potential hazards, discussed escape routes and made sure that properties had working smoke alarms.

"The visits don’t take very long to carry out but they could prove to be vital should a fire break out. I would urge anyone who has an older friend, relative or neighbour who they think could benefit from such a visit, to contact us as soon as possible."

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