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Stoke-on-Trent woman speaks out to support Get out Stay Out campaign

 

March 12 2018
Meir Heath resident Edna Pattison supports the Get Out Stay Out campaign

Meir Heath resident Edna Pattison supports the Get Out Stay Out campaign

A Stoke-on-Trent woman who had a lucky escape when a fire broke out at her home is supporting Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Get Out Stay Out campaign.

“I fully support the fire service’s Get Out Stay Out campaign. I know it was dangerous to tackle the fire like I did and I’m lucky I wasn’t hurt, I wouldn’t do it again.”

Meir Heath resident Edna Pattison

The campaign, which was launched on Monday March 5, aims to raise awareness 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.

Edna Pattison, 76, from Grange Road, Meir Heath, was sitting in her lounge having a cup of tea on Monday February 12 when she smelt burning. She went into the kitchen to investigate and found a kitchen roll stored on top of the hob in flames.

Edna said: “I panicked as I didn’t want the fire to spread. I wet a tea towel and put it over the fire, before I picked up the kitchen roll holder and took it outside where I covered it in snow and then I called the fire service.

“I must have accidentally turned the ceramic induction hob on as I made a cuppa. I was really worried about the fire spreading but if it happened again I would just get out and ring the fire service. I often have a nap in the afternoon so I dread to think what could have happened if I had been asleep, the kitchen could have burnt down. 

“I fully support the fire service’s Get Out Stay Out campaign. I know it was dangerous to tackle the fire like I did and I’m lucky I wasn’t hurt, I wouldn’t do it again.”

Find out more about the campaign here.