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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Firefighters praise actions of young girl

11/09/2015

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Firefighters have praised a young girl whose actions potentially saved her family’s lives.

"This young lady did exactly the right thing. The family had recently benefitted from a free Home Fire Risk Check (HFRC), during which time the smoke alarm that activated had been fitted. The young girl’s actions show that she had clearly taken on board the advice that she had been given during the visit."

Watch Manager Darren Smith

The 12-year-old, of Elder Grove, Wombourne, alerted her mother to a fire in the kitchen on Wednesday after hearing the smoke alarms activate.

A plastic saucepan that had been left to heat in the microwave for 10 minutes had sparked a small fire, setting the detector off.

The mother turned the microwave off at the wall and the daughter followed her out of the house, closing all of the internal doors behind her.

Watch Manager Darren Smith, who led the incident, said: "This young lady did exactly the right thing. The family had recently benefitted from a free Home Fire Risk Check (HFRC), during which time the smoke alarm that had been fitted then, activated. The young girl’s actions show that she had clearly taken on board the advice that she had been given during the visit.

"She informed her mother of the situation and remembered to close all of the doors to stop the spread of fire and smoke. This undoubtedly meant that the damage to the property was far less severe than it could have been and, could potentially have saved the lives of her mother and younger sister. Her swift thinking and responsible actions are highly commendable."

One crew from Wombourne and one from the West Midlands attended the incident at 7.42pm and left 8.16pm. The blaze was out when firefighters arrived at the incident however, the property was ventilated and the occupants were given Oxygen Therapy by crews.

During HFRCs firefighters fit free smoke alarms in homes that do not already have them or will replace detectors if they are installed but don’t work. They also identify potential hazards in the home and discuss ways to rectify them.

People are being encouraged to book a HFRC by calling Freephone 0800 0241 999, texting 07528 983101 or visiting www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/bookyourhfrc.asp