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Bedroom fire - caused by electric blanket

Kestrel Road, Waltham Abbey
28/01/2019 @ 11:41
Incident Number: 94136
In attendance: 1 x Waltham Abbey, 1 x Loughton


Firefighter were called to a bedroom fire in a hosue in Waltham Abbey this morning (Monday 28 January).

The occupant was in the bedroom and smelt smoke coming from the side of the bed. She left the room, shutting the door behind her, got outside, and called 999.

When fire crew arrived they reported that a bed was completely on fire. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire and stopped the fire spreading to any other room of the house.

Watch Manager Dave Horton, Waltham Abbey Fire Station, said:

"The occupant did excatly the right thing - she noticed a smell of burning, shut the door to the room and call 999. By shutting the door to the room, it absolutely saved the rest of the house by preventing the fire and smoke from spreading. She called us as soon as she noticed the burning, which meant that we could deal with the fire quickly and safely and minimalise the damage.

"The cause of the fire was an electric blanket. We would like to urge everyone who uses an electric blanket to check for signs of wear and tear in the blanket itself and the cables and plugs. We also recommend that your electric blanket has overheat protect function and complies to British Standard with the kitemark displayed.

“It is also vital not to overload plug sockets. Ensure that no more than 13 amps worth of appliances are in any one plug socket.

"We also urge everyone in Essex to make sure they have a working smoke alarm. This property did have a working smoke, so if the occupant was not in the room at the time of the fire, they would have been alerted at the first sign of fire. We provide and install smoke alarms completely free of charge. Simply call: 0300 303 0088 or go online: www.essex-fire.gov.uk/book.

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