Fire in PrestatynPosted
Firefighters from Prestatyn and Rhyl attended a fire in a property on Victoria Road, Prestatyn at 00.51am on Wednesday 4th January 2017.
The cause of the fire has been established as a faulty phone charger that overheated which resulted in fire damage to the charger and carpet as well as severe smoke damage to the first floor of the property.
Stuart Millington, Senior Fire Safety Manager, said: “The charger involved was not a genuine charger. Our advice is that you only ever purchase chargers from a reputable source. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions and guidance, turn chargers off and unplug them before you go to bed and never leave items on charge or unattended for long periods.
“You should always charge your phone on a hard surface. Do not charge it on bedding or any combustible surface.
“Smoke alarms give an early warning of a fire and allow you to escape from the property and call the fire and rescue service. Make sure you have a working smoke alarm installed in your property and test it weekly.”
Here is the link to a video showing how quickly a fire can develop in a bedroom as a result of a mobile phone charging - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgCaZEH35ys&t=12s