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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

House fire sparks safety warning

05/01/2016

Firefighters have issued a safety warning in the wake of a house fire in Biddulph Moor after a hot ember from an open fire ignited a nearby basket of logs.

“This couple had a very lucky escape – the situation could easily have had far more serious consequences.
Fortunately the property had a working smoke alarm which alerted the residents to the fire and they contacted us. Without early intervention the fire could have developed into a very serious house fire."

Station Manager Carl Mason


Crews from Biddulph and Sandyford attended the incident. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used a hose reel jet to extinguish the blaze which was contained in the living room.

Station Manager Carl Mason said: “This couple had a very lucky escape – the situation could easily have had far more serious consequences.

“Fortunately the property had a working smoke alarm which alerted the residents to the fire and they contacted us. Without early intervention the fire could have developed into a very serious house fire.

“One of the occupiers attempted to put the fire out using a dry powder extinguisher. Whilst in this instance this did calm the fire down a little, our advice would always be to get out, stay out and dial 999.

“I would encourage everyone to make sure they have working smoke alarms fitted and to test them regularly. Taking a few minutes to do this simple check could save your life and the lives of your family.

“It is also important to think about an escape route should you need to evacuate your home in an emergency. Always have your key to hand and shut all doors to help contain a fire and toxic smoke. Smoke from a fire is highly dangerous and can cause unconsciousness and even death before you are aware that there is a fire in your property. Following these simple steps will provide a good defence for your household if the worst case scenario happens.”

To keep you and your family safe from fire it is absolutely essential that you check that your chimney is in good working order before using it. Chimneys need to be swept on a regular basis by a qualified sweep such as those certified by National Association of Chimney Sweeps (NACS). A blocked or defective chimney can cause both chimney fires and carbon monoxide poisoning.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is encouraging people to follow the top tips below:

Ensure the fire is extinguished before going to bed or leaving the house
Ensure good quality fuel is used
If you use smokeless fuel, sweep your chimney at least once a year
If you use bituminous coal, sweep your chimney at least twice a year
If you use wood, sweep your chimney quarterly when in use
If you use oil, sweep your chimney once a year
If you use gas, have your chimney swept by a Gas Safe registered installer/engineer once a year
Store all logs and position log baskets safely away from open fires
For more information on chimney fire safety visit: http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/2333.asp

The Service is also urging anyone who has not had a free Home Fire Risk Check to call Freephone 0800 0241 999, text 07528 983101 or visit www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/bookyourhfrc.asp

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