House fire cause deemed electrical
Posted on 29 September 2022
Eastwood Firefighters attended a fire in Brinsley with assistance from Ilkeston and Heanor Fire Station (Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service) following a call just before 21:45PM on Wednesday 7 September 2022.
The fire was located in the conservatory of the property and it was developing rapidly. Firefighters extinguished the fire and a fire investigation was completed shortly after.
The cause of the fire has been deemed as electrical.
Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service regularly attend fires in the home and workplace. When these fires are investigated, the frequent cause is ‘daisy chaining’.
Station Manager, John Mills, said: “This term is used to describe the dangerous practice of plugging in and connecting multiple extension leads and multi-way adaptors into a mains power socket. This creates a serious fire hazard.
“The increased electrical demand on your home’s system can harm the electrical wiring and power sockets by the overload and the overheating of the components, which often causes fires.
“Please ensure you know your fire safety to stay safe in your home, especially in the run up to winter where electrical items are going to be used more.”
Our safety tips to help you be safer:
- Never plug an extension lead into another
- Always check the amperage of your extension lead and never exceed the rating that is displayed
- Look out for frayed cables and wires and never use electrical goods with exposed wires
- Switch off appliances when they are not being used and before going to bed
- Always ensure you have working smoke alarms on each floor of your home or workplace
For more electrical safety tips, and tips on how to stay safe in your home, please visit our website.