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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Electrical Safety Reminder

21/10/2013

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is reminding people to check their electrical appliances.  

“We strongly encourage people to check their electrical appliances are in working order on a regular basis to prevent these type of incidents from happening. Fortunately the bungalow was fitted with a working smoke alarm which activated and alerted the occupant to the fire."

Station Manager Mark Walchester.

 

The reminder comes following an incident that happened on Friday evening in Newcastle.

A call was received at 7.51pm reporting a fire at a bungalow on Downham Road.

Firefighters from Newcastle attended the incident that involved a toaster fire.

The occupant of the property was an elderly lady who had left her faulty toaster unattended causing it to overheat and catch fire.

Station Manager Mark Walchester said: “The lady had been aware that her toaster was faulty for some time and unfortunately continued to use it.

“We strongly encourage people to check their electrical appliances are in working order on a regular basis to prevent these type of incidents from happening.

“Fortunately the bungalow was fitted with a working smoke alarm which activated and alerted the occupant to the fire.

“We also advise people to never leave cooking unattended and remain in the kitchen at all times. It is very easy to get distracted when you leave the room and this is when fires start.

“The lady unplugged the toaster whilst it was on fire and took it outside, resulting in burns to her hands. 

“In the event of a fire we advise people to close the door if it is safe to do so, leave the property and call 999 and request the fire service.

The incident was closed at 8.02pm.