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Warning over electrical fires in the home

Date : 15 January 2019

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Electrical appliances, plugs and cables that are old or poorly wired can be a real danger.

Just because there's no flame does not mean there's no fire risk.

Find out what to check for to ensure your appliances don't put you, your family or housemates at risk from fire. Click here.

The latest electrical fire was at 23.59 last night (14 January) where Brighton and Roedean firefighters were sent to The Strand, Brighton Marina, Brighton, after reports of a small electrical fire in a cupboard. A Home Safety Visit was carried out at the scene.

Other overnight incidents 15 January


  • At 19.43 yesterday (14 January) Hastings firefighters were sent to Tree Mews, in Hastings, after reports of a small fire in the open, which turned out to be controlled burning.


  • At 16.15 yesterday (14 January) Eastbourne firefighters were sent to Pevensey Road, Eastbourne, as a result of flooding in a basement flat, where there was ankle-deep sewage. Southern Water were contacted to attend. No action was required by the Service and the incident was left with the resident and the water company.

Being Prepared

When bad weather hits, it is often too late to prevent damage and so the best way to deal with potential floods is to be prepared. Floods can happen quickly so don't wait until it is too late to think about preparation.

Do you know....

How to turn off your electricity and gas supplies?

  • What is covered by your insurance?
  • Who you can call if you need assistance?

Further information

Staying alert and preparing for the worst can help keep you, your family and your property safe. For more information on flood safety and useful contacts see our website.

Lift Rescue

  • At 18.38 yesterday (14 January) firefighters were sent to Groombridge Avenue, in Eastbourne, where they rescued one person who was stuck in a lift.
  •   At 19.25 yesterday (14 January) Brighton firefighters were sent to Ditchling Road, in Brighton, where they rescued five people stuck in a lift.

We are committed to reducing the high number of non-emergency lift calls as they cost the public money and more importantly mean our crews are unavailable to respond to real emergencies. 

The potential of a lift stopping between floors or lift doors failing to open is a foreseeable event that does not always require the attendance of our fire crews. 

We expect that the building’s owner or occupants have a way to deal with these non-emergency events when they happen. You should not rely on calling 999.

You should make arrangements to provide a 24/7 non-emergency lift release service within a reasonable period of time, as well as communications facilities inside the elevator so a person can raise the alarm. Find out what you can do to help.


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