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Firefighters urge candle safety following accidental house fire

Borough: Salford

Incident Date: 10 January 2017

Firefighters urge candle safety following accidental house fire

FIREFIGHTERS are warning of the dangers of candles following a house fire in Salford today (Tuesday, January 10, 2017).

Three fire engines from Salford and Agecroft stations attended the incident at the semi-detached house in Worsley Road in Swinton just before 1pm, where an entire bedroom was devastated by a candle fire.

Watch Officer Todd Welsh, who attended the incident, said: “Our investigations indicate that the fire was started by an unattended candle in the bedroom. The lady in the property was alerted to the fire when a passer-by who smelt smoke.  We urge people to take extra care when using candles, but to also check their smoke alarms regularly, so that you are able to act as soon as possible if they ever unfortunately have a fire.”

David Acton, Chairman of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, said: “We want to remind people to never leave a candle unattended and to remember to extinguish before you go to sleep.

“Candles should never be played with and be kept well out of reach of children or pets, and if there is a room where you usually burn candles, consider adding an extra smoke alarm in that room.”

For further fire safety advice, including how to use candles safely at home, please visit www.manchesterfire.gov.uk, and to book a free Safe and Well visit, that may include the fitting of smoke alarms call 0800 555 815.

Last update: 10/01/2017 18:08:57
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