Cleveland Fire Brigade and Asda supermarket have joined forces to help reduce the number of accidental house fires caused by electrical equipment.
One third of all accidental house fires are caused by faulty and misused equipment. Last year there were 49 fires (2014/2015) which were caused by anything from faults in equipment and faulty leads to overloaded sockets.
A fire crew from Redcar will be at Asda Supermarket, Roseberry Road, Redcar, on Wednesday 29 April between 11.00-12.00 speaking to shoppers about how to be safer from fire in their homes. The store has held a prize draw offering a free kettle and toaster and the winner, regular shopper Lee George, will be going along to pick up the prize with his two children at 11.30am. Mr George will also be getting a free Home Fire Safety Visit
John Feeney, Redcar District Manager said, “By working with companies in the heart of the community it gives us great access to those who are at risk of fire and gives us the opportunity to offer free advice and Home Fire Safety Visits to residents.
“In particular we want to highlight what people can do to help keep them safer in their home from fires and in particular those that are started by electrical equipment. Some of our top tips are:
• Unplug appliances and electrical equipment when not in use, unless they are designed to be left on, like your fridge or freezer
• Regularly check for worn or frayed wires – always ensure cables are secured properly to the plug before plugging in anything
• Ensure tumble dryers and washing machines are cleaned and maintained – excess fluff can build up over time and catch fire
• Keep all appliances clean and in good working order – look out for fuses that blow, circuit-breakers that trip for no obvious reason and flickering lights
• Don’t overload plug sockets – extension leads and adaptors will have a limit to how many amps they can take. Try to keep one plug per socket
More of our safety tips can be found at www.clevelandfire.gov.uk/electrical
Kath Stalley, Manager at Asda, Redcar said: “We want our shoppers to stay safe and thought it would be an ideal opportunity to get the fire brigade to come along to our store so our customers can meet their local firefighters and get some great advice on staying safe. We hope that people come along and take up this great opportunity and we look forward to seeing them.”