House fire sparks smoke alarm safety bid

St Helens Star: Safety drive: Chris Case, district manager for St Helens, and district fire prevention manager Sara Hurst at Parr Stocks Fire Station Safety drive: Chris Case, district manager for St Helens, and district fire prevention manager Sara Hurst at Parr Stocks Fire Station

FIRE crews launched a safety awareness drive after a man was rescued from a fire that had been sparked by an electric fan heater.

He was rescued a man from the lounge of the property in Borough Road, St Helens, on November 23 where there were no working smoke alarms.

The man was handed into the care of paramedics at the scene and was given oxygen after suffering severe smoke inhalation.

A campaign that followed saw safety leaflets delivered to more than 100 homes in and around the area of Borough Road.

Home fire safety checks were delivered at 47 homes.

Chris Case, district manager for fire and rescue service in St Helens, said: “The property where the man was rescued by firefighters when the fire started had no working smoke alarms.

“We want to highlight safety messages and stress the importance of people having working smoke alarms during our campaign.

“As temperatures drop and winter sets in we ask people to also make checks of their electrical items, including portable heaters, and look for frayed wiring or any faults before they use the items.”

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11:14am Tue 3 Dec 13

jimstevo says...

The man had "no working smoke alarms",could it be that he had a smoke alarm but the battery had 'run out'? MFRS has fitted 1000's of sealed smoke alarms with no means of householders replacing the batteries. The sad thing is that MFRS does not have the staff or the money to replace these smoke alarms when they cease to function! There is going to be chaos when these 1000's of alarms start 'beeping' or people do no realise that the battery has died in the months and years to come and basically Fire Safety on Merseyside will be back to 'square one'!
The man had "no working smoke alarms",could it be that he had a smoke alarm but the battery had 'run out'? MFRS has fitted 1000's of sealed smoke alarms with no means of householders replacing the batteries. The sad thing is that MFRS does not have the staff or the money to replace these smoke alarms when they cease to function! There is going to be chaos when these 1000's of alarms start 'beeping' or people do no realise that the battery has died in the months and years to come and basically Fire Safety on Merseyside will be back to 'square one'! jimstevo

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