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Shockingly over the last year electricity accounted for four house fires a week in the County according to new statistics released by Essex County Fire and Rescue Service.

Between December 2012 and December 2013 there were 210 Essex homes which suffered an electrical fire and six people were hospitalised by injuries caused in these fires.

The majority of these fires started in the kitchen either caused by faulty wiring or faulty kitchen appliances.

Alarmingly more than a quarter of these fires occurred in homes with no working smoke alarms to alert residents to the peril they were in.

Divisional Officer Neil Fenwick said: “Electrical fires are a major cause of fires in the home in Essex.

“But many of these fires are preventable as long as people take the time to ensure that their electrical appliances are safe and that they never overload plug sockets.

“All too often it is the simple things that people could check for themselves that can lead to a serious accident. So we are urging everyone to make basic visual checks around the home to ensure its electrical safety.

“This check should look for old or worn flexes and make sure that all appliances are clean, well cared for and in good working order.

“It is particularly important to make sure that electric blankets are safe. Do not use old electric blankets, make sure your electric blanket has overheat protect 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.

“The best advice I can give is make sure that you fit, and regularly test, a smoke alarm. It is the single most important piece of safety equipment in any home. A smoke alarm provides vital warning that a fire has broken out waking sleeping people up and giving everyone time to get safely out.”

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Divisional Officer Neil Fenwick said: “Electrical fires are a major cause of fires in the home in Essex.

“But many of these fires are preventable as long as people take the time to ensure that their electrical appliances are safe and that they never overload plug sockets.

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