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House fire

Beach Approach, St. Osyth
16/03/2016 @ 14:06
Incident Number: 3844
In attendance: 2 x Clacton


Crews were called to a fire in a bedroom of a single storey chalet. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used one hose reel jet to extinguish the fire by 14:53hrs.

A family of three have been made homeless following this incident. The Red Cross Victim Support unit attended this incident to provide the family with immediate welfare assistance.

The fire was caused by an overloaded socket which had several extension leads plugged into it.

Sub Officer Ben Turner from Clacton Fire Station said:

"Incidents like these show how important it is to take extra care with electrical appliances. Follow our advice to stay electrical fire safe:

- Don’t overload plug sockets. No more than 13 amps to a socket which equates to just one kettle. Learn more at the Electrical Safety Council’s website.

- Unplug appliances when not in use, particularly when you go to bed. Don’t leave mobile phones, tablets or laptops charging overnight. Unplug chargers when they are not in use.

- Regularly check for worn or frayed wires. If the wire has started fraying it could be time to replace that appliance.

- Keep appliances clean and in good working order. Especially important in the kitchen.

- Consider using an RCD – Residual Current Device - which works like a circuit breaker to protect against electric shocks and reduces the risk of electrical fires.

- Make sure electric blankets are safe. All electric blankets should carry the British Standard Kitemark and the British Electrotechnical Approvals Board (BEAB) symbol on them. Have your blanket checked by an expert once every three years or as recommended by the manufacturer

Above all, ensure that you have a working smoke alarm fitted on each floor or your home. To arrange for a home fire safety visit, which includes the fiting of smoke alarms completely FREE of charge, call us on 0300 303 0088 or email webmaster@essex-fire.gov.uk.

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