29 October 2012

An 86-year-old Wellingborough man has escaped serious injuries and possibly death thanks to the installation of an Ultra Guard water mist system following checks carried out by Northamptonshire County Council’s Fire and Rescue Service.

On the evening of Friday 26th October 2012 Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to a house fire in Wellingborough.

The house was occupied by an 86 year old known to be immobile and a heavy smoker. After investigation, the supposed cause of the fire was accidental, by discarded smoking materials which ignited newspaper adjacent to the resident’s chair in the living/sleeping accommodation.

In April 2012, Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service in partnership with the county council’s dementia care team identified this individual to be extremely high risk due to his lack of mobility, living on his own and heavy smoking. As a result, the fire and rescue service purchased and installed an Ultra Guard water mist system into the premises.

The Ultra Guard water mist system provided a rapid knock down of the fire and had fully extinguished it before the fire service arrived. The water mist system prevented the occupant from receiving any burns from the fire at all; they were treated at the scene by paramedics for very minor smoke inhalation. Within a few hours the room was dried out, the water mist unit re charged and the resident was able to move back into his home fully protected again.

Chief Fire Officer Martyn Emberson of Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service said: “Undoubtedly the Ultra Guard water mist system installed in this premises saved the life of a very vulnerable person, when a smoke alarm alone would not have done. This is an excellent example of how prevention of injury and damage can be achieved by taking action early on to help protect the most vulnerable in our society and stop a more serious – and more expensive – fire developing.

“This system is like having your own firefighter at hand, in your home 24/7 to put out a fire. For those people who can’t help themselves when a fire occurs, technology like this is a proven life saver.”