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.
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For plugs and sockets, keep an eye out for the following:
The risks with cables and leads include:
For electrical appliances, you should never:
Follow the guidelines below to make sure your electrical items are safe to use.
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 also need to be used correctly, you should:
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.
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.
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.