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25th January 2011

Electrical Fire Safety Week may help prevent insurance claims

Accidental fires can result in insurance claims for householders, so the government has launched Electrical Fire Safety Week to help raise awareness of the risks.

Sir Ken Knight, the government's chief fire and rescue adviser, explained how many blazes can be prevented by taking a few steps within the property.

Overloaded plug sockets, worn cables and appliances left plugged in for long periods of time can all contribute to a fire breaking out.

Sir Knight said: "It's really important that everyone makes sure that their electrics are in good working order and are used properly."

According to figures, some 60 per cent of accidental fires reported in 2007 were attributed to electrical equipment, so house insurance policyholders could do well to check their items are not damaged before switching them on.

DirectGov suggests people exit a property quickly in the event of a blaze, while crawling on the floor can help them avoid the poisonous smoke that can quickly fill a room.

Posted by Victor Onuohae

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