Charger warning after fire in Exmouth home

PUBLISHED: 12:30 27 August 2016


Firefighters who recently attended a small electrical blaze at a home in Exmouth are urging people to use the correct equipment when charging up mobile phones.

The message comes from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, which said the incident was caused by a faulty lead or appliance.

It said cheap or unsafe chargers could put homes and loved-ones at risk.

Watch manager Gareth Sydenham said: “The fire was small but could have easily spread to something worse.

“When we arrived the occupier had already smothered and extinguished the fire, which resulted in them receiving a slight burn injury that required hospital attention.

“The occupier had been using non-genuine phone chargers.

“We would remind everyone to not leave devices charging for long periods and make sure that you are using the correct chargers.”

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