Firefighters are warning the public about the potential dangers posed by purchasing unbranded electrical goods on the internet after an incident in which a battery bought online caught fire.
Crews from Elm Lane, Rotherham and Parkway green watch recently attended the incident in Kimberworth, Rotherham. Upon arrival crews found that the battery, which was for a head torch, had set alight whilst on charge and the fire had quickly spread to the kitchen units. This had caused a large amount of smoke logging in the property, damaging the hallway and stairway.
Luckily, the property had two new working smoke alarms which had been fitted by the fire service and they successfully alerted the occupier, who was sat in the rear garden at the time, to the fire.
Firefighters used a hose reel and breathing apparatus to extinguish the flames and also ventilated the property.
Upon leaving, crews ensured the two smoke alarms that had sounded were replaced with new alarms.
There are some simple things you can do to prevent electrical fires. For example:
- Don’t buy cheap, unbranded chargers and make sure chargers or other electrical items are compatible to the device you are using
- Don’t leave things to charge overnight or beyond the recommended charging time. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions
- Keep electrical items away from flammable materials when charging
- Don’t overload sockets– long, strip adaptors are safest, but can only take a total of 13 amps