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Date Added- 23 January 2011
 
WOMAN'S CLOTHING SET ALIGHT BY CANDLE
 
Firefighters are repeating their advice of STOP, DROP, and ROLL if you are unlucky enough to catch your clothing on fire.

The warning comes after a Ferring woman suffered burns to her body when a candle on the floor had set light to her dress on Saturday night.
 
Emergency services were mobilised to a bungalow in Goring Way, Ferring shortly before 9pm. The womanís teenage daughter had dialled 999 to say her Mum had been badly burnt after the candle set fire to the maxi dress she was wearing.
 
Fire crews from Worthing and East Preston attended together with paramedics from SECAmb. The lady, believed to be in her 50ís, was treated for burns to her legs, back, arms and head before being taken to hospital by ambulance. Her husband had suffered burns to his hands and arms when he tried to pat the fire out.
 
The fire is a stark reminder of the dangers from using candles, which have become a popular lifestyle choice when creating a relaxing atmosphere or scent. Loose clothing, curtains, paper are just some of the items that can unexpectedly catch fire if you are distracted or the candle falls over.
 
If your clothing catches fire please STOP, DROP, and ROLL. Moving around fans the flames and causes the fire to intensify. STOP moving, DROP to the floor, cover your face with your hands and ROLL around.
 
Lying on the floor makes it harder for the fire to spread, and repeatedly rolling over helps to smoother the fire until it goes out. If you see someone with their clothing on fire encourage them to roll on the floor and try to smoother them with something like a coat or blanket to block the supply of oxygen to the fire.



 
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