There are many types of speakers on the market today, allowing you to pump up the volume of your favourite songs, radio shows and television programmes. If you want portable speakers, you might choose from the wide selection of Bluetooth and wireless speakers, while multi-room speakers can really amplify the effects of any movie. Not made for background noise, speakers demand your attention and really involve the listener in the music or television show. Speakers can now be used with various types of technology, including stereos, computers, televisions and any other electrical equipment that emits sound.

Speaker safety

Speakers are generally very safe to use as long as you follow the manufacturer’s instructions and take a few sensible precautions before and during use.

Safety first

  • Make sure you buy your speakers from a reputable retailer, and follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.
  • It’s important to register new speakers with the manufacturer so that you can be contacted if a safety notice or recall is issued. It also makes it easier for you to return a faulty product or order a repair. To find out how to register any of your appliances, regardless of age, visit our Product Registration page.
  • Use our free online Product Recall checker to see if your speakers or any other electrical items have been recalled.
  • Check that your appliance has a UK plug; if it doesn’t, don’t try to use a UK travel adaptor. Get in touch with the retailer and ask them to fit a UK plug.
  • Do regular checks of the plug and socket for burn marks, sounds of ‘arcing’ (buzzing or crackling) or if it feels too hot to touch. If you have fuses blowing or circuit-breakers tripping then contact a registered electrician to investigate.
  • Any socket you plan to use to plug in a speaker should have RCD (residual current device) Protection. An RCD is a life-saving device that protects against dangerous electric shock and reduces the risk of electrical fires. If you don’t have RCD protection in your fuse box for your sockets, consider using an RCD plug to protect you and your property from serious appliance faults.

Using your speaker safely

  • If you notice any of the wires are getting hot, discontinue use immediately. Keep electrical supply cables away from any sources of heat.
  • Do not leave battery operated speakers on charge near to soft furnishings or flammable materials.
  • Keep an eye on the wires to ensure they are always in good condition. Stop using your speaker if the wires start to fray or melt.
  • If you are installing multi-room speakers, consider including ceiling hoods as an added safety measure against the spread of potential fire.
  • Make sure to unplug your device before taking it apart. Do not attempt to repair with any parts that have not been recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Do not use if wet.
  • Always turn off if not in use.