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Electrical Fire Safety Week reminder to local people

Date: 22nd November, 2021

It’s Electrical Fire Safety Week this week (22-28 November), so Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is reminding people of the importance of using electrical appliances and devices correctly.

Overloading sockets, using the wrong chargers, and not checking the wiring on items are all causes of fire, yet are all easily avoided.

Safe & Well Manager Vikki Thomas said: “It’s always tempting to save a bit of money, so we do understand why people buy items from online marketplaces and discount stores rather than the branded equivalent. However, it is all too often a false economy, as using cheaper and often fake cables and devices increases the risk of fire.”

She added: “With winter arriving, and the rising price of gas, we are concerned that people may use fan heaters and electric blankets that have been in storage for a long time as a way of keeping warm. It’s vital that all appliances and devices are maintained well and checked before use.”

Other top tips for keeping safe around electrical items include:

If you have any fire safety concerns, you can request a free Safe & Well visit, where someone will visit you to help you assess the fire risk in your home and offer support and guidance. Call free on 0800 038 2323 or apply online at www.dwfire.org.uk/safe-and-well-visits

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