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People Advised Not To Tackle Electrical Fires Themselves

Firefighters in Tunbridge Wells have advised people not to try and put electrical fires out by themselves or they could risk harming themselves or exacerbating the situation.

Watch manager Mark Havell issued the warning after a local man from the area tried to put an electrical fire out using a wet towel and placing it over live electrics after the blaze beneath the stairs of his house had spread up the wall, the Kent and Sussex Courier reports.

The fire service came along and isolated the electrical supply in the fuse box, wearing electrical gloves to remove the main fuse and then checking for fire spread using a thermal imaging camera.

Of the homeowner, Mr Havell said: “He is lucky to be alive and to not have electrocuted himself. If you discover a fire that involves electricity, do not attempt to deal with it yourself or put water on it under any circumstances.”

He went on to advise people to leave the property the first chance they get, closing internal doors as they go in order to help contain the fire.

It’s important for both businesses and homeowners alike to know what to do in the event of a fire. As a business, you must ensure you have a fire drill procedure in place in case the worst happens. You could also benefit from PAT testing training, so you can check appliances yourself to see if they need fixing. You’ll also be able to see any signs of wear and tear so can take preventative action if required.

Play Centre Electrical Fire Sees Kids Evacuated

A small fire that started in an electric box at play centre Funkidories in Fareham in Portsmouth saw groups of children and parents evacuated, and three fire engines called in to help tackle the blaze.

According to the Portsmouth News, it took around an hour to make the area safe once more, with thermal imaging cameras used to ensure that no hot spots remained that could potentially start another fire.

Steve Pearce of Gosport fire station said: “An electrical fire broke out and they managed to evacuate everyone as we got there. It filled the kitchen with smoke and set the alarm off … It was a small electrical fire but it created a lot of smoke.”

Business owners need to be vigilant where their electrical appliances are concerned in order to prevent fires from breaking out – and the best way to go about this is to undergo PAT testing training so you can check that all equipment is safe to use and doesn’t represent a fire risk.

You can of course call out a professional electrician each and every time you need something tested but this will quickly become expensive. The best way to keep on top of your electrical checks is to learn to PAT test products yourself. This will save you both time and money – and the best part is that it’s not hard to learn. You can acquire the skills in a day, with courses costing around £100 so as investments go it’s certainly a good one.