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Lucky escape from Wrexham house fire


A man had a lucky escape following a fire which broke out in the early hours of the morning at his home in Wrexham.


Two appliances from Wrexham were called to the incident at Windsor Drive, Wrexham at 02.57am on Wednesday 8th February. The fire was under control by 02.57am.


An elderly man was taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation following the incident.


The fire is thought to have been caused by an electric blanket.

Stuart Millington, Senior Fire Safety Manager at North Wales Fire and Rescue Service, said: “This gentleman was extremely fortunate to have escaped relatively unharmed – although he was transferred to hospital for precautionary treatment.


A multi-agency care provision and package has been provided to this gentleman and on this occasion it proved successful as the smoke alarm linked to a monitoring company enabled the fire and rescue service to be alerted.


“It’s vital to be prepared should the worst happen. A working smoke alarm can give you the time you need to get out, stay out, and call 999. Keep yourself and your loved ones safe by testing your alarm regularly and by planning and practising an escape route.”


Here are some top tips for electric blanket safety:


  • Always follow manufacturers' instructions for using your blanket.

  • Store it flat or rolled and do not store other objects on top of it.

  • Electric Blankets should be replaced every 10 years and tested every 2 years. 

  • Always check your blanket for scorch marks, water damage, mould or exposed wires. If you see any of these on your blanket do not use it, replace it.

  • Never use a hot water bottle or drink fluids in bed when you have your electric blanket fitted to it. If you spill you drink or the water bottle leaks you will be mixing water and electricity.

  • Do not fold electric blankets.

  • Do not leave an electric blanket switched on all night, unless it is thermostatically controlled so it can be used all night.

  • Electric blankets should carry the British Standard Kitemark and the British Electrotechnical Approvals Board (BEAB) symbol on them. 

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