The Electrical Safety Council (ESC) says there has been a rise in domestic fires, caused by ‘blunders’. Since 2009, such fires have increased by over a third.
The CSC, a charity, claims that its survey suggests that people think they are behaving in a sensible fashion, but make common errors, which resulted in 14,700 fires in the UK in 2011. On average, ‘blunder’ fires cause 22 deaths and 2,500 serious injuries a year.
Common ‘blunders’ include;
- Using a microwave as an extra storage surface and blocking air vents
- Leaving a tumble dryer on and unattended, or overnight
- Blocking air vents on fridges and freezers by failing to clean behind them
- Overloading electrical adapter sockets
- Leaving appliances unattended, only to be alerted by a burning smell