Last updated: 23/08/2018, 2:04 PM

Specialist fire alarm alerts hard of hearing woman to potential fire in her kitchen

10/08/2018 09:20
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An elderly woman who is hard of hearing was alerted to a potential fire in her kitchen thanks to a specialist fire alarm fitted by the Brigade.

The 92-year-old woman, who lives at a warden-assisted block of flats in Green Lanes, Southgate, was asleep in bed when her vibrating pad smoke alarm activated on her bed.

The alarm, which the Brigade fitted in her home in 2015, was linked to her telecare system and the Brigade was called.

The vibrating pad activated after a saucepan was accidentally left on the hob, causing it to produce smoke. The woman was able to leave the flat before the Brigade arrived.

The woman’s daughter said: “I’m so thankful that London Fire Brigade fitted this specialist smoke alarm for my mother as she would not have heard a regular smoke alarm sounding. If my mother did not have this specialist fire alarm, it could have been a very different story.”

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Group Manager Steve West, Borough Commander of Enfield, said: “Thankfully the lady was notified to the smoke in her kitchen before anything more serious could occur and the Brigade was immediately called.

“Firefighters carry out home fire safety visits across London and we fit smoke alarms for everyone who needs them, as well as providing specialist alarms for those who can’t respond or escape quickly if a fire was to break out.”

The Brigade was called at 0920 on Friday, August 10 and the incident was over for firefighters at 1020. Two fire engines from Edmonton fire station attended the scene.