Safety warning following electrical firePosted
Officers are warning residents of the dangers of electrical fires following a recent fire in Llanrwst
Firefighters were called to a fire at a property on Ffordd Carmel, Llanrwst on 18th November at 958hrs.
The incident is thought to have been caused by an electrical fault in a tumble dryer and the fire was confined to the utility room.
A man and a woman in their early 60s were advised by fire and rescue service control operators to evacuate the property, and they were unharmed.
The woman had a medical condition not related to the fire and was given oxygen therapy by firefighters whilst awaiting arrival of paramedics.
Stuart Millington, Senior Fire Safety Manager, said: “This incident shows how important it is that people keep themselves safe electrically - especially during the festive period when electrical incidents are known to double. Please follow our safety advice.”
Top tips for electrical safety
- Never overload tumble dryers, clear filters regularly and do not set the programme too long
- Switch off and unplug unused electrical appliances before going out or going to bed – including Christmas lights
- Don't overload plug sockets and regularly check for worn or frayed wires
- Do not leave electrical items such as mobile phones, tablets and e-cigarettes charging for long periods and always use the correct charger
- Keep appliances clean and in good working order and follow manufacturers instructions
- Consider using a Residual Current Device, which protects against electric shocks and reduces the risk of electrical fires.
"Taking the above precautions should reduce the risk of an electrical fire – but residents should also ensure they have a working smoke alarm installed to give an early warning of a fire,” said Stuart.
“But why not give our ‘ampage’ calculator on our website a go www.nwales-fireservice.org.uk - it tells you if you are overloading your sockets and helps you to stay electrically safe.”
North Wales Fire and Rescue Service offers free home safety checks, where a member of the Service will visit your home, give fire safety hints and tips, help you to formulate a fire escape plan and fit new alarms - all free of charge. This service is available to all residents in North Wales.
To register for a free home fire safety check, please call the 24 hour free hotline on 0800 169 1234 or visit www.nwales-fireservice.org.uk .