URGENT WARNING ISSUED AFTER THREE CHILDREN SUSTAIN SEVERE BURNS IN HOUSEHOLD APPLIANCE BLAST
Emergency services were called to a house in Bulwell, Nottingham after a common household item caused a massive explosion, leaving three children with serious burns. Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue responded to the incident on Longford Crescent at approximately 5:40 pm on Monday. Fire crews from Stockhill, Arnold, and Hucknall quickly arrived at the scene to assess the situation and provide assistance. The injured children were rescued from the blast by a neighbor and were immediately transported to the hospital by ambulance. One of the children suffered severe burns and was in considerable pain. The explosion was determined to be caused by a fault in a large lithium-ion battery, which investigators believe may have been used to charge a bicycle or another type of vehicle.
Beth Hayman, Fire Investigation Officer, expressed her well wishes for the injured children and those affected by the incident. She emphasized the importance of handling and caring for lithium-ion batteries correctly, as they can be found in everyday technology and household items such as laptops, mobile phones, e-cigarettes, e-scooters, and DIY tools. If mishandled, these batteries can become extremely dangerous and exhibit volatile behavior, leading to catastrophic damage and injuries. To prevent such incidents, fire experts advised people to regularly check the batteries of their home appliances for any signs of malfunction or damage.
In response to the incident, the Fire Rescue services will be visiting the area on Monday, July 17, to provide reassurance to the community. Homeowners will also be offered free Safe and Well visits, during which fire crews will check the functionality of smoke alarms in their homes.
This warning comes in the wake of another alarming incident involving a pair of sunglasses that caused a car fire. A photograph of the vehicle showed a melted windscreen, highlighting the intense heat generated by the fire. Additionally, a family in Kirby Cross, near Frinton, Essex, was left homeless after a barbecue grill set their bungalow ablaze. Fire brigades are urging people to exercise caution when positioning their BBQs and to keep them on level ground, far away from anything flammable such as trees, sheds, or fences.
These recent incidents serve as a reminder of the potential dangers associated with common household items and appliances. It is crucial for individuals to remain vigilant and take necessary precautions to ensure the safety of themselves and their loved ones. Regular maintenance and checks of batteries, as well as proper handling and usage, can significantly reduce the risk of accidents and injuries.
1. Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue
2. Beth Hayman, Fire Investigation Officer