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Garage fire - caused by overloaded plug sockets

Polsteads, Basildon
23/12/2017 @ 10:54
Incident Number: 69107
In attendance: 2 x Basildon


A garage has been badly damaged and three people have suffered burns following a garage fire in Basildon this morning.

The owner of the property called 999, but then tried to remove some of the contents of the garage with help from two other people. The three people all suffered burns to their hands and arms.

When firefighters arrived they managed to quickly extinguish the fire and stop it spreading to the rest of the property. The garage has suffered some contents damage, but there was no fire or smoke damage to the house.

The fire was found to have been caused by an overloaded plug socket.

Incidents like these show how important it is to take extra care with electrics and plug sockets. Follow our electric fire safety advice to safe this Christmas:

  • Overloaded sockets. Plugging too many electrical appliances into one socket can lead to overheating
  • Use sockets safely. It’s better to use a bar adaptor (multi board) on a lead than a block adaptor
  • Only use one adaptor per socket. Don’t plug one adaptor into another and try to keep to one plug per socket
  • Don't overload extension leads and adaptors, they have a limit on how many amps they can take. 
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