skip to content

Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Resident reminded to check electrical equipment

18/9/2017

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are urging residents to register their electrical appliances and check they are in proper working order as the peak time of year for electrical fires approaches.

“Although most of these fires only result in damage to property, in the worst cases they have unfortunately resulted in a fatality. Most recently an elderly woman passed away in Newcastle after the wiring from her extension cable overheated. This is the exact tragic outcome we want to avoid.”

Stephanie Cooley, Community Safety Lead

Figures from the last five years show that between October and December there is usually around a 50 per cent increase in fires caused by faulty electrical equipment (compared to the summer months)in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent

The winter months see an increase in the use of electric heaters, electric blankets, tumble dryers and even lighting as the nights are longer. It is therefore the perfect time of year to remind residents of the importance of checking their electrical equipment.

Stephanie Cooley, Community Safety Lead, said: “The winter months usually see a huge rise in faulty equipment fires, most of which can be easily prevented if the equipment is checked thoroughly to make sure that it is working correctly, there is no damage or faulty wiring, it is maintained properly, registered and tested.”

“Although most of these fires only result in damage to property, in the worst cases they have unfortunately resulted in a fatality. Most recently an elderly woman passed away in Newcastle after the wiring from her extension cable overheated. This is the exact tragic outcome we want to avoid.”

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