Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to check that all electrical appliances in the home are safe for use.
“This week is Electrical Safety Week and we are urging members of the public to ensure that their electrics are in good working order and are used properly.”
Station Manager Neil Pedersen.
The warning comes following an incident that happened on Sunday afternoon in Eccleshall.
Fire and rescue crews from Eccleshall, Ashley and Stone were called to a kitchen fire shortly before 4pm in Blackwater in Eccleshall.
The incident involved a fire in the ground floor kitchen of the property. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus tackled the fire using one hose reel jet and then ventilated the property.
One elderly female casualty had made her way out of the house before the arrival of the fire crew and she was treated for smoke inhalation and taken to hospital for precautionary checks.
Station Manager Neil Pedersen said: “This week is Electrical Safety Week and we are urging members of the public to ensure that their electrics are in good working order and are used properly.”
“It is more and more important with the increased amounts of electrical appliances and devices in the modern home that we get into a regular routine in checking for any signs of damage or defects before they cause either a fire or electrical shock.”
“Statistics show that half of all accidental house fires in 2010/11 were caused by faulty or misused electrical equipment.”
The incident was closed at 6.20pm. The cause of the fire is believed to be accidental due to an electrical fault with a radio.
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue would like to offer the following advice in relation to home electrical fire safety advice:
• Don’t overload plug sockets
• Regularly check for worn or frayed wires
• Unplug appliances when not in use
• Keep appliances clean and in good working order
• Consider using an RCD – Residual Current Device - which works like a circuit breaker to protect against electric shocks and reduces the risk of electrical fires
• Make sure heaters are kept clear from curtains, furniture and any other combustible items
• Heaters should never be used for drying clothing
In addition if you have an Android or a iPhone you can download a free ‘Home Electrical Safety Check’ App which will assist you in assessing the safety of your home – This is a really easy to use tool designed by the Electrical Safety Council and could quite easily safe either yours or your family’s life.
This app can be downloaded at most app stores.