Electrical safety warning following fire at residential homePosted 18/01/2018 14:51:29
The cause of the fire which broke out at a residential nursing home at Pandy Tudur, near Llanrwst in the early hours of this morning is thought to have been electrical.
North Wales Fire and Rescue Service received the call to the fire at 00.00 today (18th January).
Two crews from Llanrwst, a crew from Abergele, one crew from Llandudno, two crews from Colwyn Bay, one crew from Rhyl, the Incident Command Unit from Rhyl and the Aerial Ladder Platform from Rhyl were called to the scene.
All residents were evacuated safely, with seven people being rescued from the property by firefighters.
Six of the residents were conveyed to hospital for precautionary check ups.
Firefighters used hose reel jets and breathing apparatus to tackle the fire.
A joint investigation by North Wales Fire and Rescue Service and North Wales Police suggests that the cause of the fire is thought to be electrical originating in a storecupboard on a first floor.
Tony Jones, Head of Response for North Wales Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We were extremely lucky that no one was seriously hurt in this fire.
“Our firefighters worked in challenging weather conditions to perform these rescues and tackle this complex fire.
“The fire caused substantial damage to the property and put the lives of the residents at risk – this highlights to everyone the importance of fire safety and having working smoke alarms fitted.
“Electrical fires 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.
- 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."