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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Hair dryer sparks blaze in Biddulph

08/01/2016

Firefighters tackled a blaze that broke out in the bedroom of a mid-terraced house in Biddulph.

“It is important to remember that although an appliance may be switched off, if it is plugged into a socket and the socket is switched on then an electrical current is still reaching the appliance. By taking these simple steps, you could avoid devastating consequences.”

Station Manager Ian Read

Crews from Sandyford and Biddulph were alerted to the incident in Tunstall Road at 1.27pm on Tuesday, January 5.

They used four breathing apparatus and two hose reel jets to extinguish the fire which was caused accidently by a hair dryer which had been left plugged in.

The upstairs bedroom of the property was badly damaged in the fire and the first floor was smoke damaged.

Sadly, the family’s dog died of smoke inhalation as a result of the blaze.

The Service was alerted to the incident by a neighbour who saw smoke coming from the house.

It is believed the fire had been smouldering for some time prior to the call being made. The hairdryer was last used that morning. Firefighters left the scene at 5.30pm.

Station Manager Ian Read said: “It is vital that after using a hair dryer, curling tongues or straighteners, you turn them off using the switch on the appliance and also at the socket, and then unplug them and leave them on a heat resistant surface if they are still hot.

“It is important to remember that although an appliance may be switched off, if it is plugged into a socket and the socket is switched on then an electrical current is still reaching the appliance. By taking these simple steps, you could avoid devastating consequences.”

Appliances will sometimes be subject to recall by manufactures for faults such as this but the public will rarely be aware unless they actively look for such information.  A useful website to check for appliance recalls is: http://www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/product-recalls/ 

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service offers free Home Fire Risk Checks where members of the team visit people in their homes, offering safety advice and fitting smoke alarms.

The freephone number to ring to request a check is 0800 0241 999 and a mutually convenient time will be set for the visit to take place. 
In an emergency dial 999. For all other non-emergency enquiries contact: 08451 22 11 55 or log onto: www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk or www.direct.gov.uk/firekills.
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