Take care after laptop charger causes fire in Rhuddlan home

Written by on 07/07/2020

North Wales Fire and Rescue service have made and appeal on Facebook for people to take care with batteries and chargers following laptop fire in Rhuddlan.

Crews from Rhyl and St Asaph attended the fire at Tan yr Eglwys, Rhuddlan at 22.38hrs last night (Monday July 6). The fire caused fire damage to the laptop, the kitchen table where the laptop was charging and blackening to the wall. Firefighters used one hose reel to extinguish the fire.

Simon Bromley, Community Safety Manager for Conwy and Denbighshire, said: “With more and more people working from home, we’re using laptops and other electrical items more often.

“Everyday electrical items pose fire risks – but there are things we can do to reduce these risks and help keep safe.

“Batteries can present a fire risk when over-charged, short-circuited, submerged in water or if they are damaged. If replacing a battery, always buy branded items from reputable suppliers. It is really important to charge them safely too, and avoid charging overnight or covering chargers or electrical items.

“The occupant was in the room when the fire broke out – thankfully they also had working smoke alarms fitted which sounded and would have raised the alarm. Electrical fires can strike anytime, anywhere so having working smoke alarms fitted in your home will help protect you and your family.”

Here are Simon’s tips on staying safe when using batteries and chargers:

• Always use the charger that came with your phone, tablet, e-cigarette or mobile device.

• If you need to buy a replacement battery or charger, always choose a branded, genuine product from a supplier you can trust. There are lots of fakes out there, and it can be difficult to spot the difference. Counterfeit electrical chargers can be deadly – many fail to meet UK safety regulations leading to fires and injury.

• Avoid storing, using or charging batteries at very high or low temperatures.

• Protect batteries against being damaged – that’s crushed, punctured or immersed in water.

• Don’t leave items continuously on charge after the charge cycle is complete – don’t leave chargers plugged in overnight.

• Never cover chargers or charging devices – that includes using your laptop power lead in bed.

• When you travel, avoid keeping all your items containing lithium ion batteries together, especially on a plane. Check with your flight carrier for additional information or advice.

• Don’t overload your sockets

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