Firefighters are warning people not to place aerosol cans close to heat sources after a leaking dry shampoo can overheated and caused a small explosion in the bathroom of a house in Ladbroke Square in Notting Hill yesterday evening (Tuesday).
The can ignited and caused a subsonic explosion - an explosion which starts slowly and then gets faster - after the overhead heater was turned on. The force of the explosion caused the window of the bathroom to blow out of it's frame.
The small fire that resulted following the explosion was extinguished before the Brigade arrived. Thankfully the occupant, who was in the bathroom at the time of the incident, was uninjured.
Group Manager Simon Tuhill, who was at the scene, said: “Any cans which contain a compressed gas should be kept clear from any heat sources, whether it be heaters or candles.
“Heaters being placed too close to flammable materials and objects cause several fires and deaths a year so it is important to follow our heater advice.”
Three fire engines and around 15 firefighters from Fulham, Hammersmith and Chelsea fire stations attended the incident. The Brigade was called at 2104 and the incident was over by 2154.