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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Reminder issued regarding electrical extension cables

01/08/2017

Coiled extension cable
Stock image of burnt extension cable

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) have issued a reminder to residents after an incident involving an electrical cable almost caused a fire.

“Always make sure the extension cable is fully uncoiled and that it is not overloaded, this will reduce the chances of it overheating.”

Crew Manager Jordan Money

At around 7.50pm on Friday July 28 crews from Rugeley were called to a report of smoke coming from an electrical socket at a home in Ravenhill Terrace, Rugeley.

When crews arrived they found that the smoking socket had been caused by an uncoiled extension cable, which was plugged into the socket to power a washing machine and tumble dryer. Because the cable had not been uncoiled fully it had overheated and caused the socket to overheat and smoke.

Thankfully, the resident noticed the problem before a fire developed and alerted SFRS. An electrician was also called out to make the socket safe.

Crew Manager Jordan Money said: “This incident highlights the huge fire risk that coiled extension cables pose.

“If this incident had happened during the night it could have easily resulted in a serious fire and put the resident in grave danger.

“Always make sure the extension cable is fully uncoiled and that it is not overloaded, this will reduce the chances of it overheating.”