Head torch exploded while charging causing a fire in a Winsford home

A Winsford family had a lucky escape after a head torch exploded in the living room of their home being charged, setting light to a carpet.

The torch exploded, sending shards of hot metal across the room and igniting a carpet.

Thankfully the John Street resident and her partner were in the house at the time, Thursday, February 1st at 10:15pm. She said: “My partner was charging his torch ready to use, as he has done since we bought it in December last year. He was in the room at the time, but I wasn’t, and when I heard the explosion I came running in to find the living room full of smoke and the carpet on fire.

"Luckily my two-year-old daughter was in bed when it exploded, because the battery exploded, damaging the carpet in several places and there are scorch marks on the wall and plug socket. My partner was able to put the fire out and then we called 999.

"I would say to anyone never to leave anything charging, especially when you are not with it. This could have happened to anyone and I’m just thankful that we are only having to replace a carpet and not an entire home."

Group Manager Mike Anderson said: “We are increasingly seeing fires involving chargers for phones and e-cigarettes and want to warn people that charging any device needs to be done with caution. Although this occupant was quick off the mark, they were also alerted thanks to working smoke alarms activating in the property.”

This advice has been issued to help keep people safe:

  • Never leave any device on charge unattended for long periods

  • Only use the charger supplied with the device

  • Ensure you purchase your gadget from a reputable source

  • Check the device carries CE certification

  • Test your smoke alarm regularly

  • Close doors to prevent fire spreading

  • Contact Trading Standards over any safety concerns

Date published: Mon, 06 Feb 2017 15:46:00 GMT

Last updated: Monday 06 February 2017

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