Electrical Fires Warning Following Fire in LlandudnoPosted 16/02/2012 14:10:36
A Senior Fire Officer is warning of the dangers of electrical fires following yesterday's fire in Llandudno where three people were hospitalised.
Firefighters rescued three people from the property on Trinity Avenue, Llandudno yesterday morning (Wednesday February 15).
An elderly female and her adult son are currently still in the Intensive Care Unit receiving treatment for smoke inhalation. The other casualty, another adult son, was released from hospital yesterday afternoon after receiving treatment.
The fire investigation has identified that the point of origin was located in a ground floor under stairs cupboard, and the fire is thought to have been caused by an electrical short circuit. Further investigations are ongoing.
Colin Hanks, Assistant Chief Fire Officer from North Wales Fire and Rescue Service said: "Our thoughts are with the casualties of the fire and we wish them a speedy recovery.
"This fire highlights the danger of electrical fires- they can strike anytime, anywhere. It's important 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. We would also appeal to residents to ensure that areas housing electrical items such as fuse boxes are kept clear of rubbish, papers or other combustible materials which could aid fire spread.
"In addition, there are some simple steps you can take to help prevent an electrical fire in your home. They include:
- DON'T 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
"To help keep you and your family safe from fire, North Wales Fire and Rescue Services offer free home fire safety checks and, where necessary, free smoke alarms. By calling 0800 169 1234 or visiting www.nwales-fireservice.org.uk you can arrange for a member of staff to visit your home and offer fire safety advice specific to you and your household."