Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to follow some top tips as part of a national safety campaign.
Electrical Fire Safety Week, which started today, aims to highlight the risks posed by faulty electrical items, which cause approximately 7,000 fires in England every year.
In Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent the number of fires caused by electrical faults in white goods including dishwashers, tumble dryers and freezers, has been falling annually.
So far this year, there have been 559 fires caused by electrical faults. This includes 256 in north Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, 156 in the east of the county and 147 in the west of the county.
This compares to 641 in 2013 when there were 278 in north Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent, 187 in the east of the county and 176 in the west of the county.
The Service is committed to further driving down the numbers.
Glynn Luznyj, Head of Risk Reduction, said: "We are working hard to drive down the number of electrical fires in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent and have achieved a year-on-year reduction in this type of incident. However, we are far from complacent and want to raise awareness among our communities so that we can continue to reduce the number of fires caused by electrical faults.
"We all use electrical items in our daily lives which is why it is absolutely vital that the equipment is regularly checked and well-maintained. Simple things like never leaving a washing machine on overnight and frequently cleaning the filter on your tumble dryer could literally save your own life and your family’s lives."
The service is urging people to follow the safety tips below:
• Make sure that electrical appliances have a British or European safety mark when you buy them
• Don’t overload your sockets – keep one appliance to one plug where possible and use an extension lead with a fuse rather than an old cube adaptor
• Unplugging appliances when you are going to bed or not using them helps to reduce the risk of fire
• High powered appliances such as washing machines should have a single plug socket
• Check that your electrical items are not subject to a product recall. Information is available at www.recalluk.com
More information and advice is available by logging onto the Electrical Safety Council’s website at: http://www.esc.org.uk/