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Safety visits to reassure Clacton residents

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service have been visiting homes in Clacton to check smoke alarms and give fire safety advice following a tragic fatal flat fire earlier this week.

The incident happened in Langham Drive, Clacton on Monday 28 January just after 9am. Firefighters rushed to scene and immediately broke into the flat to search for the resident, but tragically he was pronounced dead at the scene. More incident details can be found here.

The investigation into the cause of the fire found that the fire started in the lounge in an area which had a portable halogen heater and an electrical extension lead, and it is here where the fire is thought to have started.

Community Engagement Officer Andy Barber, said:
“We will be working in the community over the next few days with help from the local firefighters to speak to as many residents as possible in the area.

“We are giving face-to-face fire safety advice, reassurance and checking smoke alarms. If people are not home or unable to come to the door we will leave leaflets with lots of safety information and a phone number to call if they have any particular concerns”.

Following this incident the fire service are urging everyone to take extra care when using portable heaters and extension leads.

•    Never leave portable heaters unattended
•    Never leave them on whilst sleeping
•    Ensure that they are positioned well away from anything which could knock them over
•    Ensure they are at least a metre away from any combustible materials (paper/curtains)
•    Never buy second hand halogen heaters
•    Never power a halogen heater from an extension lead - these can easily be overloaded and cause fires
•    Regularly inspect your heater and extension lead for damage. If it’s damaged, don’t use it.

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service will supply and install FREE smoke alarms to any home in Essex. Simply book a visit by calling: 0300 303 0088 or book online: www.essex-fire.gov.uk/book.

 

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