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2 year old suffers burns from frayed electrical cord.

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25 Jun 2012
A mother vacuuming her floors noticed smoke coming from the hose. Following the lead back to the electrical point, in the next room, she found her 2 year old childs hand stuck to the electrical cord.

Turning off the power at the wall she removed the girls hand and rang 000 for assistance.

MFB firefighters and Ambulance Victoria attended the premises.

Whilst the fire was minor the child was lucky to only receive a minor burn/blister to her hand.  It would appear that wiring was exposed due to a pet rabbit chewing the lead.

This serves as a reminder to be vigilant in looking for signs of wear, damage and frayed cords.  Have them checked and repaired by a qualified tradesperson.

It is also wise to consider the installation of safety switches to prevent electrocution.

Details of Fire/Incident
Address: Parer Road, Airport West
Date: June 23, 2012 
Time: 11:35 hours     
Call Number: 8367

Attending Appliances: 1  
Number of firefighters: 4

Officer in charge: Commander Frank Besanko

For more information please contact: MFB Media & Communications on 9665 4699 or media@mfb.vic.gov.au

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