Posted 06/11/2017 13:28:53

Fire Officers are warning residents of the dangers of electrical fires following an incident involving a vape charger in Johnstown this morning.

Firefighters from Johnstown and Wrexham were called to a property on Heol Kenyon, Johnstown at 5.31am this morning (Monday 6th November) and used four breathing apparatus and two hose reel water jets to tackle a fire which caused fire damage to a sofa and moderate fire as well as severe smoke damage to the lounge.

The cause of the fire is believed to be a vape on charge on the sofa.

Jâmi Jennings from North Wales Fire and Rescue Service, said: “This incident highlights the danger of electrical fires - they can strike anytime, anywhere.

“Never leave items on charge or unattended for long periods – and ensure the plug to the charger is switched off even if it’s not connected to your vape / electrical item. Never mix and match chargers – always use the charger supplied.

“Always follow the manufacturers’ instructions and guidance when using electrical items and turn off and unplug them before you go to bed. Ensure that you charge electrical items on a hard surface such as a table or bedside cabinet.

“Our advice is to be as prepared as possible in the event of fire, by ensuring that working smoke alarms are fitted in your home and that you have clear escape routes to enable you and your family to exit your home as quickly as possible.

"There are some simple steps you can take to help prevent an electrical fire in your home. They include:

  • DO NOT overload plug sockets
  • DO Regularly check for worn or frayed wires
  • DO Unplug appliances when not in use
  • DO Keep appliances clean and in good working order
  • DO fully unwind extension cables prior to their use.

 “Why not try out our 'ampage' calculator on our website and Facebook page – a visit www.nwales-fireservice.org.uk  - it tells you if you are overloading your sockets and helps you to stay electrically safe."

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