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EMERGENCIES INVOLVING FIRE
Chip Pan and Electrical Fires
The best thing to remember when there is a fire in the house is -
Smoke, especially from plastic-foam upholstery, can kill in less than two minutes.
It is a good idea, however, to know how to deal with small household emergencies.
Chip or Frying pan fire
Turn off the heat on the cooker immediately.
Carefully cover the pan with a lid, plate, damp tea towel or fire blanket.
Burning Electrical socket or appliance
(EXCLUDING TV OR COMPUTER)
Switch off the electricity at the main fuse box.
Extinguish the fire with
water or fire extinguisher (ensuring it is suitable for
Burning TV or Computer
Switch off at the main fuse box or take out the plug .
Smother the fire with a blanket, rug or preferably a fire blanket if one is to hand.
Smell of burning, or sparks, from an appliance
If the item in question has a plug, turn off the socket switch and pull out the plug.
If the item is a fixed appliance (no plug), turn off the main switch at the fuse box BEFORE turning off the switch on the appliance.
Get the item checked by a qualified electrician.
Smell of burning, or sparks, from a socket or plug
Turn off the main switch at the fuse box.
If it is the plug which is hot, carefully remove it from the socket. The electricity can now be turned back on.
Check the plug's connections, fuse contacts and flex for damage. Renew or replace as necessary.
If it is the socket which is hot, remove the relevant circuit fuse from the main fuse box. The power can now be turned back on.
Step 5 Call a qualified electrician to examine the socket.
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