Smoke Alarms Wake Occupiers To Alert Them To Fire Involving Dryer In Southport As First Day Of Fire Safety Week Held September 30th, 2013 admin Latest News Shares Comments Smoke Alarms Wake Occupiers To Alert Them To Fire Involving Tumble Dryer In Southport As First Day Of Fire Safety Week Held Scarisbrick New Road, Southport. Firefighters have extinguished a fire involving a tumble dryer on the day that sees the start of the first Fire Safety Week to be held in Merseyside. Each day of Fire Safety Week, which runs up to and including Friday October 4, will focus on key fire safety messages which includes urging people not to use chip pans and instead use deep fat fryers and the importance of having working smoke alarms in their homes. Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service was called at 2.38am on Monday, September 30, to Scarisbrick New Road, Southport. Firefighters used a CO2 extinguisher to tackle the fire in the utility room. Firefighters also used a fan to ventilate the area and clear it of smoke. Around half the tumble dryer was severely damaged by fire. A quantity for clothing was also severely damaged by fire. There was also some light smoke damage in the utility room. Smoke alarms were present and activated. Watch Manager Peter Kirkham, who attended the call-out with Red Watch at Southport Community Fire Station, said: “Smoke alarms alerted and woke the occupiers and allowed them to get out of the property and call the fire and rescue service. “This is again illustrates the importance of having working on each level of your home. “Today marks the first day of our first Fire Safety Week taking place across Merseyside. Today will see staff joining firefighters to carry out Home Fire Safety Checks in properties and the aim of the week is to spread fire safety, including the importance of having working smoke alarms and escape routes, messages as widely as possible.” The suspected cause of the fire was an electrical fault. Two fire appliances from Southport Community Fire Station attended the call-out. For free fire safety advice call 0800 731 5958. For more information on the Fire Safety Week go to – http://www.merseyfire.gov.uk/aspx/pages/LatestNews/NewsDetail.aspx?id=571 Submit News Contact us with your community, business or sport news. Phone 07930717137 Email [email protected] Twitter www.twitter.com/onthespot_news Facebook www.facebook.com/otsnews.co.uk Related Comments comments!