Here are some simple steps that you can take to reduce the risk of electrical fires in your home.
- Make sure that plug sockets are not overloaded – if too many appliances draw power from one socket, it can overheat and catch fire.
- Never leave washing machines or dishwashers running when you are out of the house or asleep.
- Don’t plug a mobile phone in to charge and then forget about it.
- Check that plugs, sockets, lights and cables are not damaged or displaying burn marks.
- Don’t leave a portable heater unattended when excitable pets are running around the house!
- Don’t leave cables trailing – as well as being a trip hazard, they might be too good to resist for a pet looking for something to chew on.
- Don’t store anything that could easily catch fire on top of the microwave or near your fusebox or electricity meter.
- Use our online product checker to make sure that none of the electrical appliances in your home have been recalled. Visit www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/recall
To carry out a simple check on the electrics in your home, download our free smartphone app at www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/visualchecks
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