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Get Out, Stay Out And Call 999

26/Oct/2017

Fire safety officers from Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service are calling for people to think seriously before tackling a fire should it break out in the home.

The call comes after four people sustained minor burn injuries in three separate incidents in as many days.

21 October 2017

22:35 hours. Accidental House Fire: Pym Leys, Sawley.

1 male sustained burns attempting to remove a chip pan and 1 female suffered smoke inhalation.

24 October 2017

06:31 hours.  Accidental House Fire:  Heath Court, Sinfin.

Fire in a toaster.

1 female suffered minor burns to her arm and leg when attempting to throw the toaster out of the window. 

24 October 2017

18:52 hours. Accidental House Fire: Boulton Drive, Alvaston.

Fire discovered in the extractor fan above a cooker. Occupants discovered the fire on returning home.

1 male sustained minor burns to his right arm.  First aid was given at the scene by firefighters.

Prevention and Inclusion Group Manager Steve Ratcliffe said: “Our advice to people experiencing a fire in the home is to Get Out, Stay Out and Call 999.  We give this advice to ensure people are able to get out safely and to minimise the risk of injury. 

“We appreciate that in some circumstances people may feel they are able to tackle a small fire, especially when considering the risk to property by walking away and waiting for the fire service to arrive; however we would ask people to seriously think about what is sensible and what may be considered a risk to your own safety before taking action.”

Between 1 October 2016 and 30 September 2017, 12 people were injured whilst trying to tackle a fire themselves.  Data shows that 75% of those people injured were male, with 33% of those males being between the ages of 40-59.  

Group Manager Ratcliffe went onto say: “Whilst my concern is that people consider what they can tackle safely, I’d much prefer people to think about how they can prevent these fires occurring in the first instance. By following a few simple fire safety precautions, everyone can reduce the risk of fire breaking out in their home and therefore reduce the chances of injury.”

Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service would like to remind people of the following safety advice and information:

  • Have a smoke alarm fitted on every level of the home.
  • Test your smoke alarms weekly, to ensure they are ready to alert you to a fire.
  • Never leave cooking unattended.
  • Put candles out when you leave the room, and make sure they're put out completely before going to sleep.
  • When smoking always use a proper ashtray - never a wastepaper basket.
  • Have a pre-planned and practiced escape plan that everyone in the home is aware of.
  • If fire does break out in your home, Get Out, Stay Out and Call 999.

For more comprehensive fire safety advice and information please visit: www.derbys-fire.gov.uk alternatively you can follow Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service on Facebook and Twitter (@DerbyshireFRS) where regular fire safety tips are posted.

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