On what was a very busy weekend for the Service, crews were called to two separate house fires caused by people smoking in bed.
Fortunately, there were working smoke alarms which alerted the residents and their carers to the fires so we were able to get there quickly and help them to get out.
Firefighters were called to a bungalow on Hudson Walk, Longton at 16.41pm on Saturday, January 12. Pumps from Hanley, and Longton attended and firefighters used breathing apparatus and a hose reel jet to extinguish the fire which had started in the bedroom.
The 95 year-old resident, was helped from the building by crews as she has mobility issues. She had been alerted to the fire by her smoke detector. She was taken to hospital by colleagues from West Midlands Ambulance Service.
Another woman with mobility issues was also rescued from her smoke-filled home on Sunday (January 13) after a fire in her bedroom at her home on Plex Street, Tunstall. The Service received a Care-line call at 7.44 pm following the activation of a smoke alarm in the woman’s bedroom. Crews from Sandyford, Hanley and Burslem attended and again used breathing apparatus and a hose reel jet to deal with the incident. She was also taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital as a precaution.
Group manager, Brian Moss said: “In both of these cases smoking in bed has been found to have been the cause. Smoking, along with alcohol, mobility issues and being elderly are the top four factors which consistently play a part in fatal fires. We try to raise awareness of this with our SAME (Smoking, Alcohol, Mobility issues and being Elderly) campaign. There’s more information about this on our website https://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/your-safety/campaigns/fire-death-factors/. If you know someone who may be at risk because of these factors you contact us on 0800 0241 999 to see arrange a safe and Well visit.
“Fortunately, there were working smoke alarms which alerted the residents and their carers to the fires so we were able to get there quickly and help them to get out. Our prevent teams work hard to try to ensure people who are at risk of death or serious injury in the event of a fire have working smoke alarms in their homes. In the case of the woman from Tunstall, a smoke detector had been fitted above her bed during a visit from the team in June. Without a smoke detector, we could have been looking at very different outcomes in these two incidents. Smoke detectors save lives.”