Toddler receives first aid after fire

Montepelier, Weston-super-Mare

A toddler was provided with first aid after a fire broke out in the kitchen of her home.

Firefighters were sent to the ground floor flat in response to a 999 call. Two crews from Weston-super-Mare Fire Station attended and found the two-year-old and her mother had safely made their way outside.

Firefighters in breathing apparatus entered the home and used a high pressure hose reel to deal with the small fire in the kitchen. It’s though the fire started accidentally when a tea towel caught fire on a hob.

The property wasn’t fitted with smoke alarms so the occupants only discovered the fire when they smelt smoke. Both the woman and her daughter safely escaped the house, although fire crews did provide the toddler with oxygen as a precaution in case she had inhaled any smoke. She was also given a check-up by paramedics, but was given the all clear and did not need hospital treatment.

We would advise that all homes are fitted with smoke alarms and that they are checked on a regular basis to ensure they are working. Just a couple of breaths of smoke can be fatal, with young children and older people at particular risk.

For more information about our Home Fire Safety Visit service please click here. Fire crews visit homes free of charge to provide lifesaving advice, specific to the needs of the resident.