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Service urges residents to carefully check instructions before using electrical equipment after NUL fire

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging residents to read equipment instructions carefully after a fire in Westlands, Newcastle-under-Lyme.

“Although this is not an extremely common occurrence we can not stress enough how important it is to read through instructions properly. Thankfully no one was hurt during this incident but this could easily have been the case.

Station Manager Dale Harrison

Crews from Newcastle and Hanley were called to the incident on Chester Crescent at 12.30pm on Saturday September 9. The fire started in the resident’s shed after a lithium battery burnt through the table it was left on whilst charging.

The instructions did warn the battery should not be charged on a flammable surface leading SFRS’s plea to residents to thoroughly read the instructions before using any batteries or other electrical equipment.

Station Manager Dale Harrison said: “Although this is not an extremely common occurrence we can not stress enough how important it is to read through instructions properly. Thankfully no one was hurt during this incident but this could easily have been the case.

“Please follow the guidelines laid out by the retailer and manufacturer as fires like this can quickly spread, cause significant damage and in the worse cases can lead to loss of life, all of which can be easily avoided by carefully following the instructions.”


Fore more information on electrical and equipment safety visit www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/424.asp or call our Community Advice Team 0800 0241 999.


Notes to Editor:

General electrical advice:

• When using electronic devices always use the official charger and don’t be tempted to use cheap counterfeit replicas instead.
• Ensure that you replace all damaged cables and chargers.
• Make sure all electrical appliances have a British or European safety mark when you buy them.
• Don’t overload your sockets - keep one appliance to one plug where possible and use the socket overload calculator to reduce the risk of fire.
• Unplug appliances when you are going to bed or not using them.
• High powered appliances such as washing machines should have a single plug socket.
• If using a cable drum extension lead, it should be completely unwound to avoid overheating.