Electrical safety

​How switched on and plugged in are you about electrical safety? Did you know that you should always avoid overloading sockets?

An extension lead or adaptor will have a limit to how many amps they can take, and you should always stick to one plug per socket. If you're unsure about whether you're putting your home at risk from fire, use the Electrical Safety First calculator tool to find out more! 

Make sure your washing doesn't hang you out to dry:

If you use your tumble dryer overnight, or know somebody who does – take note now. A build-up of fluff in tumble dryer filters has been known to contribute to fires involving these appliances, and for this reason, it is a good idea not to leave washing drying while you are sleeping or out of the house, as you will have less chance of catching the fire early and calling 999.

For this reason, we would always recommend that you clean tumble dryer filters regularly.

Can you recall the last time you checked the recall list?

Did you know that details of faulty appliances are added to recall lists by manufacturers? This is so that consumers can find out if their household appliances are in need to testing or replacement, but if there's no record of you owning a product, how are you going to find out this vital information?

The answer? Register My Appliance.

The name speaks for itself, and in just a few minutes, you can make sure that you don't miss out on any updates from manufacturers, particularly those about fire safety and associated risks. It's also important to register your details this way if you buy something second hand, otherwise, any recall notices will go to who is believed to be the original owner. So what are you waiting for, register now!

Top electrical safety tips:

  • Never overload sockets.
  • Look out for frayed cables and wires and never use electrical goods with exposed wires.
  • Never charge mobile phones or other devices overnight underneath pillows, and instead make sure they are on a solid surface.
  • Switch off all appliances when they are not being used, and before going to bed.
  • Do not run cables underneath carpets or rugs.
  • Make sure that all products your purchase have a British or European safety mark.

Looking for a leaflet? Click the image below to download printable fire safety advice.

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