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Electrical fire in Preston: services called

Posted on - 17th November, 2012 - 1:36pm | Author - | Posted in - News

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Emeregency services were called to a household fire in Preston due to a faulty tumble dryer.

The fire occurred at 10:56 on 16 November.

Two fire engines from Preston Fire Station were called to a fire in a garage on Cromwell Street, Preston. A tumble dryer had set on fire and when firefighters arrived at the scene, five firefighters wearing breathing apparatus entered the property.

It took the fire crews over an hour to extinguish the fire and make the property safe.

The five firefighters used jet hoses and triple extension ladder to try and extinguih the fire which caused serve damge to the garage and some smoke damage to the neighboring home.

Not a big story you may think, but it could have been worse, a lot worse. To help avoid such emergencies here are few tips about electrical safety from the Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service:

Electrical appliances, plugs and cables that are old or poorly wired can be a real danger. Just because there’s no flame, doesn’t mean there’s no fire risk.

There are particular danger signs to look out for on all electrical items you have around your home. If you think something needs fixing or changing, do it straight away.

For electrical tips on living together safely, click here.

Plugs and sockets

For plugs and sockets, keep an eye out for the following:

  • hot plugs or sockets, scorch marks, fuses that often blow, or flickering lights – they are all signs of loose wiring or other electrical problems;
  • badly wired plugs – any coloured wires sticking out could come loose and debris could also get into the plug;
  • overloaded sockets – plugging too many electrical appliances into one socket can lead to overheating.

Cables and leads

The risks with cables and leads include:

  • getting frayed and damaged – make sure the outer covering of all power leads is in good condition and replace if necessary;
  • being badly positioned  – they shouldn’t be anywhere that they could be tripped over, or near water, cookers or other sources of heat;
  • running them under rugs or carpets where they can wear through without anyone noticing – position them elsewhere.

Appliances

For electrical appliances, you should never:

  • get them wet – this includes plugs and sockets, so don’t put a vase of flowers on top of the TV, for example;
  • leave them on at night – unless they are designed to be left on, like freezers;
  • put anything in the microwave that is made of metal, or has a metallic finish or parts.

Keep Electrical Equipment in Good Working Order

Follow the guidelines below to make sure your electrical items are safe to use.

Maintenance

Electrical appliances, especially ones that run at high speeds and contain motors, like washing machines, should be serviced once a year by a qualified electrician.

Plugs, sockets and cables

Plugs, sockets and cables also need to be used correctly, you should:

  • make sure you can’t see any coloured wires between the plug and the power lead – change the plug properly;
  • make sure the wires are held firmly in place inside the plug;
  • use sockets safely – it’s better to use a bar adaptor (multi board) on a lead than a block adaptor;
  • only use one adaptor per socket – don’t plug one adaptor into another and try to keep to one plug per socket.

Fuses

When you’re fitting or replacing a fuse, it’s important to use the right fuse for the appliance to make sure the fuse doesn’t overheat. Check the manual or look for a sticker on the appliance to find out its wattage and then use the correct fuse.

  • For appliances up to 700 watts, use a 3 amp fuse.
  • For appliances between 700 and 1,000 watts, use a 5 amp fuse.
  • For appliances more than 1,000 watts, use a 13 amp fuse.

Extension leads and adaptors have a limit on how many amps they can take, so be careful not to overload them, to reduce the risk of a fire.

Dealing with an electrical fire

If there is an electrical fire, pull the plug out, or switch off the power at the fuse box – if it is safe to do so. Sometimes this can stop the fire immediately. Never use water on an electrical fire, and don’t take any risks with your safety – get out, stay out and call 999.

 

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