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Safety drive after Sheffield house fire tragedy

Fire officers with children at South Yorkshires largest mosque, as safety campaigning continues following the tragic house fire

Fire officers with children at South Yorkshires largest mosque, as safety campaigning continues following the tragic house fire

Fire officers have held safety sessions for children at Sheffield’s largest mosque, as campaigning continues following a tragic house fire in the city.

Staff talked to young people at the Madina mosque in Heeley area, while firefighters entertained children and parents with talks about their work and the specialist equipment they use.

The visit by South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue followed the fire on Wake Road, Nether Edge, in which five members of the same family lost their lives in April.

Shabina Begum, aged 53, her daughter Anum Parwaiz, 20, and three grandchildren – Adyan Parwaiz Kayani, nine, Amaan, seven and nine-week-old Minahil – all perished in the blaze.

It was later found the probably cause of the fire was an electrical fault involving a faulty charging device.

Safety talks focused on making sure children know what to do if a smoke alarm goes off in the middle of the night, and encouraging youngsters to make their parents more aware of potential fire risks.

Waheed Akhtar, acting chairman for the Madina Masjid mosque, said: “We wanted to do something to improve people’s awareness of fire safety and to improve their knowledge of what to do if a fire does start.

“That’s why we invited the fire service down to deliver these talks and we are looking forward to this being a long term relationship, with similar safety activities planned in the future.”

Station manager Steve Wood said: “This was another important step in our ongoing efforts to work with the local community to make them more aware of fire.

“Children are often the best way of making sure parents are switched on to fire safety, and the children at the mosque responded really well to the messages we gave them.”

Areas covered during the sessions included escape plans, bedtime routines and smoke alarms.

 

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