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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Service reminds residents to keep warm safely

8/12/17

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging resident to keep warm safely this winter.

“Any incident involving faulty equipment is concerning but at this time of year the use of electrical blanket to keep warm is more common. Please get your blankets tested before you use them and ensure there are no exposed or frayed wires"

Station Manager Ed Case

The plea comes after a fire in a home in Stoke which was caused by a faulty electrical blanket.

Crews from Hanley and Longton were called to the blaze on Uplands Croft at 11.17pm on Thursday December 7. The fire started in the bedroom of the property and the female occupier was rescued by the firefighters wearing breathing apparatus. They used a hose reel jet to put out the fire. The woman was taken to Royal Stoke Hospital as a precaution.

Station Manager Ed Case said: “Fortunately this property had working smoke alarms which meant we were alerted to the fire at the earliest opportunity and were able to quickly get to the fire and rescue the occupier.

“Any incident involving faulty equipment is concerning but at this time of year the use of electrical blanket to keep warm is more common. Please get your blankets tested before you use them and ensure there are no exposed or frayed wires.

“As a rule if your blanket is more than ten years old, replace it, check they have the UK safety standard mark before you buy one and do not purchase second hand electric blankets. This incident could have been far worse if it wasn’t for the early detection of the smoke alarm.”

Fore more advice visit http://www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/424.asp or call our free Community Advice Team on 0800 0241 999.

Anyone concerned about their electric blanket should contact trading standards.