Stay safe this winter against electrical fires.

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service are reminding residents of Northumberland to stay safe in their homes and reduce their risk of electrical fires by following some simple steps. 

Electrical Fire Safety Week raised awareness of the potential dangers of electrical fires in the home while providing advice about simple measures that can be taken to ensure your home is safe. 

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service have compiled a list of tips for residents to help reduce their risk of electrical fires in the home: 
  • Don’t overload sockets with extension leads or adaptors 
  • Try to keep to one plug per socket
  • Always switch off appliances at the socket when not in use, unless they are designed to be left on, such as freezers 
  • Don’t leave appliances charging overnight or leave them unattended
  • Regularly check for frayed or worn cables and wires
  • Check to see if the cable is securely fastened to the plug
  • Check sockets for scorch marks
If you are in an electrical fire, remember to Get Out, Stay Out and Call 999

Paul Hedley, Chief Fire Officer for Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service said: “Electricity usage at home is at its’ peak between September and April and we are urging residents to take extra care during this time to help reduce the number of electrical fire in the home. 

“There are simple steps that everyone can take to protect themselves and loved ones and we ask all residents of Northumberland to regularly carry out these checks to ensure they stay as safe as possible in their homes.” 

Northumberland County Councillor John Riddle, cabinet member for the Fire & Rescue Service said: “It is important to familarise yourself with the steps to take to reduce fire risks within your home, helping to protect yourself and loved ones from accidental electrical fires.”
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