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Fire Service reminds the public of the importance of smoke alarms

October 23 2019

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is reminding the public of the importance of smoke alarms after a potential life threatening incident in Newcastle-under-Lyme.

 

Fortunately, the home was fitted with a specialist smoke alarm system, as the woman is hard of hearing. When the alarm went off, a pad below her bedroom pillow vibrated and a strobe light flashed to alert her to the alarm at the earliest opportunity.

Station Manager Martin Weaver

It is believed that a wooden chopping board had been left on top of an electric cooker, which had been accidentally switched on earlier in the evening. The board smouldered and caused a substantial amount of smoke to fill the property.

Two crews from Newcastle and one from Hanley attended and used positive pressure ventilation to clear the property. A woman in her eighties was escorted, with her dog, from the address by firefighters. Thankfully, she was uninjured, but precautionary checks were carried out by the ambulance service.

Station Manager Martin Weaver said: "Fortunately, the home was fitted with a specialist smoke alarm system, as the woman is hard of hearing. When the alarm went off, a pad below her bedroom pillow vibrated and a strobe light flashed to alert her to the alarm at the earliest opportunity.

"In this case it was lucky that the fire didn’t cause any serious damage to the kitchen. However, it could have easily been much worse. It highlights just how important it is to have working smoke alarms on every level of your home, and if you do discover a fire or smoke, leave the property, stay outside and call 999.

"It’s also a reminder to residents not to leave any flammable items on top of the cooker hob even if you think it is switched off. Always ensure your electric cooker is off if you are not using it and where possible it is best to turn it off at the main isolation switch, to ensure it cannot be accidentally turned on which is easier than people may realise."