Title ID 6071Collection ID848
CollectionNorth Downs Film Unit
ThemeCine Club Film-making
KeywordsAccidents Children Clothing Family Everyday Life Fire Services
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionNorth Downs Cinematograph Society
MusicLibrary music
Format16mm Colour Sound
Duration9 min. 14 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A narrative film with a fire prevention message, produced by the North Downs Cinematograph Society in 1963.


"Amateur Cine World: ten best competition 1963 two star award". Music, no commentary or dialogue. A woman irons while her daughter plays with a doll on the floor. A friend calls the mother and they speak on the telephone. She hangs out the washing on the dryer and readies to leave the house. The young girl has to rush back to fetch something from the living room, knocking the dryer onto the floor. While at the tea house, the washing on the dryer has caught fire. The neighbours see smoke billowing from the window and call the emergency services. The operator connects the call to the Reigate Brigade, who are attending a lecture. The men rush out to the fire engines when they hear the alarm, knocking the chairs over. The young girl sees the red engine passing the tea house. Onlookers stand in front of the house watching the smoke. Inside, a chair and the doll's cot is on fire but is extinguished by the brigade. The fire is extinguished as the woman and her daughter return to the house. One of the fire brigade waits outside with the little girl, returning with her doll. Neighbours bring tea, while their girls play nurses in the garden, bandaging the doll. The film closes with the message "Fire. Prevent it."