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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Hard wire fire safety into building work

Firefighters have issued a safety warning in the wake of a house fire in Maybank, Newcastle on February 9.

“This family did exactly the right thing when they detected smoke and immediately vacated the premises and dialled 999.”

Station Manager Ian Read

Crews from Newcastle and Sandyford attended the incident at the St John’s Avenue property.

An investigation has revealed that the blaze started when a toy caught fire after accidentally being left on top of a lamp which was later switched on.

Luckily, the fire in the living room had already burnt itself out and not spread when crews arrived at 10.15pm. Firefighters used a large scale fan to clear the smoke from the house.

The property is being renovated and the Service is advising people to ensure that fire safety is high on the agenda when such work is being carried out. Such work presents a great opportunity to install interlinked hardwired detectors if you haven’t already got them.

Station Manager Ian Read said: “It is important to ensure that all internal doors can be opened easily from both sides, not having suitably fitted handles can make it difficult to open them in an emergency. This could mean losing precious evacuation time and could even mean the difference between someone getting out safely or not at all.

“In older houses the number of plug sockets can be limited; this leads homeowners to use extension leads and adapter blocks. People often believe that by using  these you can plug in as many items as you want but they are still being powered via one outlet and as such can be overloaded.”

“This family did exactly the right thing when they detected smoke and immediately vacated the premises and dialled 999.”

Firefighters left the scene at 10.48pm and the incident has been classed as accidental.

Visit www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk to find out whether you are overloading your sockets with our easy to use ‘socket calculator’. Plug in a variety of virtual appliances to see how much power they use.

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