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Firefighters urge people to be mindful when charging and storing tablets and mobile phones

April 16 2020

 

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to be mindful when charging and storing tablets and mobile phones following a house fire in Cheslyn Hay.

This terrible incident serves as a stark reminder not to leave items charging or store electrical items on materials that could catch fire when hot.

Prevention Delivery Lead Lisa Jenkinson

The service was called to residential property at 6.30am on Saturday 29 March after reports of a fire in an upstairs bedroom.

Two firefighters wore breathing apparatus and used a hose reel jet to put out the blaze. Three casualties were rescued from the property and crews used positive pressure ventilation to clear the smoke.

Two men, a woman and a teenager were treated at the scene for severe smoke inhalation by West Midlands Ambulance Service and transported to hospital. They have since been discharged.

Investigators now believe that the fire was caused by an electronic tablet which had been stored under a mattress – which overheated and set alight.

Prevention Delivery Lead Lisa Jenkinson said: “This terrible incident serves as a stark reminder not to leave items charging or store electrical items on materials that could catch fire when hot.

“Please always place phones and tablets on to a safe surface when charging and do not leave items on charge unattended for long periods of time. Turn them off before you go to bed and check any devices that your children use too; to ensure they are charged and stored safely.

“Make sure you buy genuine chargers for your items and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

“Also, take a moment to ensure that your smoke alarms are working correctly and test them regularly. Thankfully there were working smoke alarms in this home which alerted the family to the fire.”