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Fire Safety Warning Follows Dwelling Fires

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Peter Dartford, Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, wants people to take responsibility for their home fire safety

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to heed its safety warnings following another four accidental dwelling fires over the weekend.

From Friday through Sunday crews in the south of the county attended two incidents in Lichfield, one in Great Wyrley and one in Chase Terrace.

"Having a working smoke alarm fitted in your property is a life saving decision."

Peter Dartford, Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service

Earlier this month firefighters in Newcastle tackled three accidental dwelling fires in the space of 24 hours in one weekend.

Residents are now being urged to exercise vigilance, caution and awareness in all matters of fire safety.

Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Peter Dartford, said: "Even the smallest lapses of concentration have the potential for tragedy.

"There are inherent dangers in the home, whether it be machinery, flammable materials, electrics, smoking or cooking.

"Knowledge and awareness of this is crucial to fire safety and we need people to understand that they have a responsibility to themselves and to others.

"In certain cases it can be as simple as changing a pattern of behaviour which makes the world of difference and keeps you safe and secure in your own home. If you have a positive attitude to fire safety and employ relevant behaviour you can greatly reduce the risk of fire."

On Friday, two appliances from Cannock attended a fire at Wardles Fish Bar on Wardle Lane, Great Wyrley.

Two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackled the blaze using two dry powder extinguishers. One male was treated at the scene with oxygen therapy.

At 4.56pm the following day, Saturday, two appliances from Lichfield were called to a fire at a house in Maxell Close. Two firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used one hose reel jet to extinguish the fire which started after a pan was left unattended on a cooker.

Later, at 11.07pm, emergency services received a call about a fire at Richardson Court Sheltered Housing on Chapel Street in Chase Terrace. One appliance from Lichfield and one from Cannock attended the incident which involved a burning towel which had been put into a bin which then also set alight.

On Sunday, two appliances from Lichfield were called to a fire at a house in Christchurch Lane at 8.21pm. The 71-year-old male occupant received oxygen therapy at the scene following the blaze caused by an electrical fault in a tumble dryer.

Peter added: "Having a working smoke alarm fitted in your property is a life saving decision. Statistics show you are twice as likely to die in a house fire if you don’t have a working alarm

"People without smoke alarms in their home are putting their lives and the lives of loved ones in very real danger. With our FREE Home Fire Risk Check Service we can fit alarms free of charge, along with other valuable life-saving equipment."

Residents are urged to book a free Home Fire Risk Check with Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service. The FREEPHONE number to ring to request a check is 0800 0241 999. Callers can arrange a mutually convenient time for the visit to take place. All firefighters and Service Technicians carry an I.D card and travel in Service vehicles. Although checks to the elderly and vulnerable are prioritised, the service is open to everyone.