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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Action to Combat False Alarms

Pro-active campaigning by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service bids to reduce a growing number of false alarms being triggered at sheltered housing sites in the south of the county.

Throughout January firefighters and members of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service's Risk Reduction Team will be visiting accommodation sites in Wombourne and Wheaton Aston to speak to staff and residents.

"Everytime the Service responds to a false alarm it ties up resources that may be required to attend a real emergency."

Alan McEntire, Fire Investigation Officer

It follows a flurry of incidents where appliances have been sent to buildings whose alarms have been accidentally activated.

A coffee morning will be held at Old School Court in Wheaton Aston on January 15th with additional similar events at Albertree Court and Wombrook Court in Wombourne on January 18th and 22nd respectively.

As well as providing people with advice and information on fire safety, Fire and Rescue Service Service staff will also oversee cooking demonstrations designed to improve residents’ efficiency and awareness in the kitchen.

Alan McEntire, Fire Investigation Officer for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: "Everytime the Service responds to a false alarm it ties up resources that may be required to attend a real emergency, as well as causing disruption and alarm in the premises concerned.

"We urge the public to be aware of the potential for causing false alarms while cooking and recommend simple actions such as keeping toasters clear of crumbs, closing the kitchen door, using extractor fans or opening the window would greatly reduce the risk of causing a false alarm."