Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are urging people to take extra care following a spate of fires they have attended over the weekend involving electrical appliances.
”Electrical fires start for a number of reasons – appliances may have overheated, not been serviced properly or they may have damaged cables or plugs.”
Fire and rescue crews from Newcastle were called to a property in Chesterton on Saturday where an electric heater had caught fire in an upstairs bedroom.
Firefighters from Hanley and Longton then attended two incidents involving cooker fires on Sunday afternoon and firefighters from Cannock were called to a house in Great Wyrley which involved a dishwasher that had caught fire.
Station Manager Glynn Luznyj said:”Electrical fires start for a number of reasons – appliances may have overheated, not been serviced properly or they may have damaged cables or plugs.”
Members of the public should follow the following simple advice:
• Electrical appliances should be unplugged when they are not being used, unless they are designed to be left on (for example fridges and freezers) and appliances such as TVs and DVD players should not be left on standby.
• Keep electrical appliances clean, in good working order and have them serviced regularly. This is especially important for washing machines and tumble dryers.
• If buying an appliance second hand, have it checked by a registered electrician before using it.
• Check electrical leads and plugs for wear and tear and also brown scorch marks.
• Throw away and replace damaged cables. Never use insulation tape to repair or rejoin cables.
Glynn continued “We would also encourage people to be more vigilant when cooking and our advice is if you are cooking in the kitchen then stay in the kitchen until you’re finished. When in use, cooking appliances should not be left unattended whether it is a hob, grill, microwave, oven or even a toaster.”
If you do have an electrical fire in your home do not throw water onto it, instead get out, stay out and call 999.