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Smoke alarm promotes lucky escape

A Cheddleton man in his 80s had a lucky escape from a house fire after a smoke alarm fitted the day before activated and alerted firefighters.

“Fire poses one of the most serious threats to the elderly and its effects are devastating. A smoke detector linked to Assisted Technology will raise two alarms. One is a locally audible alarm and one is an alarm which notifies a 24 hour monitoring service. An operator will immediately contact the emergency services.

Station Manager, Carl Mason

Crews from Longton and Leek were called to the property on Folly Fields, Cheddleton earlier this month when the smoke detector, fitted with Assisted Technology, alerted an operator who called the emergency services.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus rescued the elderly occupant from the premises and the casualty was given oxygen therapy at the scene.

The fire, which started in the kitchen, was caused by a chip pan left unattended.
Firefighters used one hose reel jet to bring the blaze under control.

Station Manager, Carl Mason said: “Fire poses one of the most serious threats to the elderly and its effects are devastating. A smoke detector linked to Assisted Technology will raise two alarms. One is a locally audible alarm and one is an alarm which notifies a 24 hour monitoring service. An operator will immediately contact the emergency services.

“There are some very simple steps that can be followed in order to avoid being the victim of a kitchen fire. The most important thing to remember is to never leave cooking unattended. The vast majority of kitchen fires break out when people are