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EIR 1615 / July 2023 / Incidents involving Chargers

Thank you for your request under the Environmental Information Regulations.

We can confirm that Essex County Fire & Rescue Service does hold the information you have requested.

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Question 1 – I was wondering under the Freedom Of Information Act if you could tell me how many house fires or incidents have been caused by knock off phone chargers. Not only that, but I am asking this because of a story I read that a 12-year-old in Brazil lost her life after plugging in a mobile phone into one of these Chinese knock off chargers, and she ended up being electrocuted and died with 3rd degree burns. Furthermore, I know that Brazil is going to make it law that when mobile phone manufacturers release new phones it will have to include a brand-new charger. I think it should be law in this country as well as the rest of the UK. As heaven forbid if anything like that happens to any of our children because of a knock off charger.


I can confirm that since 1st January 2020 we have attended 11 incidents where the ignition source noted by our attending crews was listed as ‘Other domestic appliance – Battery Charger’.

There is no reference to the manufacturing origins of the chargers noted by the crews to be the ignition source at the incidents.

I do hope this information is of use to you.




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