Firefighters are giving out potentially life-saving advice to residents following an incident in Newcastle-under-Lyme.
"I cannot stress strongly enough how important it is to keep an eye on your cooking and to never leave it unattended. Fortunately, this incident did not cause a serious fire but it could easily have been very different. We are visiting residents in the local area to give out safety advice relating to cooking and in the home generally."
Station Manager Mark Wilson
Crews are visiting homes in the area surrounding Rothesay Court this week. The block of flats was evacuated when a large amount of smoke was generated due to a pan being left on a cooker hob in the kitchen of a basement apartment.
Other flats that were above it in the four-storey block were also affected by the smoke.
Two crews from Newcastle and one each from Hanley and Sandyford as well as the aerial ladder platform from Longton attended the incident at 10.23pm on March 16.
They rescued a man from the basement flat on Rothesay Avenue and treated him with Oxygen Therapy.
Crews wore four breathing apparatus and used the high pressure hose reel jet to tackle the incident. They then used a large scale fan to ventilate the property before leaving the scene at 11.37pm.
Station Manager Mark Wilson, who led the incident, said: “This man had a lucky escape as the flat was heavily smoke logged. If he had stayed in the property for much longer, the consequences could have been far more serious. Thanks to the swift actions of the firefighters, the resident was promptly removed from the property and treated with Oxygen Therapy at the scene. I cannot stress strongly enough how important it is to keep an eye on your cooking and to never leave it unattended. Fortunately, this incident did not cause a serious fire but it could easily have been very different.
“We are visiting residents in the local area to give out safety advice relating to cooking and in the home generally. We have also been offering free Home Fire Risk Checks. These visits are carried out by firefighters or trained technicians and are arranged to suit the schedule of the homeowner. Fire service personnel will look for any fire hazards in the property, speak to the residents about how best to address the issues and talk about general behaviour and habits that could pose a problem for people. The team can also fit smoke alarms free of charge if people don’t have any or if those they have are not working. The HFRCs don’t take a long time to do but they can – and do – save lives.”
To book a HFRC call Freephone 0800 0241 999, text 07528 983101 or visit www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/bookyourhfrc.asp