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  • Electrical safety in the home

    We are taught from a young age that electricity can be dangerous and are naturally cautious around it.

  • Contact your electrician if:

     

    • Your fuses keep blowing or your circuit breakers keep tripping.
    • There is a discolouration around your power sockets and plugs.
    • An unusual or burning smell coming from an appliance or wiring.
    • You hear a fizzing sound from lights, switches or power sockets.
    • You experience a tingling feeling through your hand when you touch an electrical appliance.
    • Your lights keep on flickering.

    If you come across any of these danger signs you should contact a qualified electrician to check and make the situation safe.

    Tips

    • Never touch plugs, switches or electrical appliances with wet hands.
    • Switch off and unplug electrical appliances before inspecting or cleaning them.
    • Avoid using adaptors and never plug one adaptor into another.
    • If you fit a plug yourself, make sure you wire it properly and always fit the right size fuse.
    • Use short, undamaged flexes. Never join two pieces of flex together.
    • Check plugs and flexes regularly. Look out for damage and loose connections and get any faults put right at once.
    • Make sure curtains and furnishings are kept away from heaters. Take extra care when heaters are controlled via time switches - i.e. storage heaters which can come on during the day when you are not in.
    • Never hang anything over convector or fan heaters.
    • If you have an electric blanket, make sure you follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully. Do not use it when it's damp, or when it's folded or creased. Have your electric blanket checked regularly by the manufacturer.
    • Use an RCD (residual current device) if working outside. Do not use electrical equipment outside if it's raining.
    • Use a qualified electrician for any repairs.