Electrical fires are a major cause of fires in the home, with
many residents unwittingly misusing appliances or overloading their
sockets and extension leads.
We attend around 470 accidental fires in dwellings each year and
electricity or electrical items are responsible for over 300 of
It's important to operate appliances according to the
manufacturers' instructions and to check electrical items and leads
for signs of damage or wear. So many residents use old or dangerous
electrical items and overload their sockets, causing a potentially
fatal fire risk, and always remember to switch off all appliances
before you go to bed - if a fire starts when you are asleep you may
never wake up.
Why not give our 'ampage' calculator on our website and facebook
page a go - www.nwales-fireservice.org.uk or www.facebook/northwalesfireservice -
it tells you if you are overloading your sockets and helps you to
stay electrically safe.
North Wales Fire and Rescue Service offers free home fire safety
checks, where a member of the Service will visit your home, give
fire safety hints and tips, help you to formulate a fire escape
plan and fit new alarms - all free of charge. This service is
available to all residents in North Wales.
To register for a free home fire safety check, please call the
24 hour free hotline on 0800 169 1234 or visit
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