Essex County Fire and Rescue Service


Charger safety advice

Essex County Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to take care while using chargers following an incident involving one of our own firefighters.

The Service has issued safety advice after a charger melted in the home of Chelmsford firefighter Stephen Thornton.

The burnt out charger was found in his daughter’s bedroom.

Sub Officer Thornton said: “We used to have chargers plugged into most power points throughout the house and turned on for the majority of the day.

“After this, I make sure we turn off all the plugs and unplug them when they are not in use.

 “This just goes to show that fires can happen to anyone, even a firefighter with 28 years’ experience. It’s worth taking extra care to make sure your home and family are safe.”

With an increase in the number of devices in our homes, it is vital that people make sure that they are charger safety aware.

ECFRS has issued the following advice:

  • Never leave your electrical devices charging overnight. Charge phones, tablets, laptops and e-cigarettes while you are in the room and turn them off when you leave the room.
  • Don’t leave devices charging on the carpet or under a pillow.
  • Make sure that e-cigarettes are bought from a reputable source and are used and charged in accordance with manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Keep electrical items away from flammable materials when charging.
  • Don't overload sockets - power strip extension leads are safest, but can only take a total of 13 amps.

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