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New campaign urges fire victims to Get Out Stay Out

March 5 2018

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) has launched a new campaign to encourage residents to Get Out Stay Out in the event of a fire.

Although the majority of people do the right thing by getting out and staying out, we do unfortunately see some people re-entering burning buildings to rescue their pets or sentimental items, such a photos, and they have suffered serious injuries or death as a result. It is really important to call us straight away and stay outside during a fire. When you call the fire service you can tell us what is in the property and we can make every effort to safely save it.

Glynn Luznyj, Director of Prevent and Protect

The campaign aims to remind the community of the dangers of tackling a fire yourself, attempting to gather belongings or re-entering a building during a blaze, and highlights the importance of leaving the property as soon as possible and waiting for the fire crews to arrive. 

It only takes around two breaths in a smoke filled room to be overcome by deadly fumes, which lead to Carbon Monoxide poisoning and can cause death. 

Research by SFRS shows that 59 per cent of residents that suffered an accidental house fire in Staffordshire did the right thing and evacuated their homes in an emergency, but worryingly 41 per cent said they didn’t leave immediately. Of those asked 52 per cent also said they had tried to tackle the fire themselves. 

Glynn Luznyj, Director of Prevent and Protect, said: “Although the majority of people do the right thing by getting out and staying out, we do unfortunately see some people re-entering burning buildings to rescue their pets or sentimental items, such a photos, and they have suffered serious injuries or death as a result. It is really important to call us straight away and stay outside during a fire. When you call the fire service you can tell us what is in the property and we can make every effort to safely save it. 

“It takes a very short amount of time for a person to inhale too much smoke and it is therefore extremely vital not to try to tackle a fire yourself, or attempt to rescue any belongings or pets. 

“In this new campaign we are using a catchy song, videos and case studies to get the Get Out Stay Out message across so that people will leave it to the fire crews. We understand why people may feel the need to go back inside but we urge them not to, Get Out Stay Out and call the fire service.” 

For more information on the Get Out Stay Out campaign click here.