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A WOMAN and her young daughter are helping Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) to spread life-saving safety messages after the girl's dress caught fire when she was stood close to a gas fire.
Eight-year-old Hadeeka Khan and her mother, Mrs Asma Khan, have shared their experience with GMFRS to help firefighters and community safety staff reinforce just how dangerous loose clothing can be around open fires and cookers.
GMFRS received an emergency call on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, to report the fire at the family's home on Butterwick Close in Longsight, Manchester.
Mrs Khan said: "One day during the Easter holidays Hadeeka ran into the kitchen to tell me that she felt really hot - I noticed straight away that the back of her maxi dress was on fire so grabbed a jacket and smothered the fire to put it out, before calling 999.
"Hadeeka now has burns on her legs and says she is scared of fire and doesn't like anything that makes her feel hot."
This incident is just one of a handful that GMFRS has been made aware of in recent times.
On Thursday, December 26, 2013, a quick-thinking teenager used the Stop, Drop and Roll technique which she had learned when GMFRS crews visited her school.
The youngster was with her grandmother at a house in Cedar Crescent, Chadderton, when the incident happened.
The woman's sari caught fire when she was standing near to a gas fire and the girl immediately put her onto the floor and rolled her to put out the flames before throwing water onto her.
In November 2013, an elderly woman in Rochdale suffered serious burns when her sari caught fire as she was cooking. She was taken to hospital but sadly died a few weeks later.
In October 2013, a seven-year-old girl suffered serious burns when her nightdress caught fire as she stood near to a gas fire at her home in Bolton and she was hospitalised for several weeks.
To try and prevent any further incidents of this kind, firefighters and community staff from GMFRS have been speaking to people at Home Safety Checks (HSCs) and during other visits and events - such as the Manchester Mega Mela at Platt Fields Park on the weekend of June 21/22, 2014 - about dangers that often come with wearing loose clothing and how they can be safer.
GMFRS staff and volunteers give people life-saving advice at the Manchester Mega Mela
Chair of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Authority, Councillor David Acton, said: "Following a number of fires involving loose clothing, posters, leaflets and stickers have been created to support the campaign and help spread safety messages, along with GMFRS staff speaking to people at higher risk.
"I would urge the public to take extra care when wearing loose clothing - particularly when cooking or around any heat source or flame. And please take a few moments to read our safety advice and watch our videos so that if you are involved in a fire, you know what to do."
You can see a GMFRS video to highlight the Stop, Drop and Roll technique here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2iAO2651o8
For a free Home Safety Check, which could include the fitting of smoke alarms, call 0800 555 815 or visit http://www.manchesterfire.gov.uk/fire_safety_advice/home_fire_risk_assessments.aspx
For advice on how to stay safe in the home, visit the GMFRS website here http://www.manchesterfire.gov.uk/fire_safety_advice/home_fire_safety.aspx